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Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis 'Versicolor'

Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis 'Versicolor'
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Price:  £4.50
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Family:  Onagraceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Red
Leaf Colour:  White/cream variegated
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  1.2m to 1.8m (4' to 6')
RHS Award of Garden Merit:  RHS Award of Garden Merit
Pot Size:  1.4L

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Very pretty silvery-cream variegated grey leaves and the typical elegant red and purple dangling flowers all summer and into autumn.  Hardy in drained soil in a sheltered spot.

As the gracilis part of the name suggests this is a lovely elegant plant with slender leaves and flowers and a delicate looking arching habit.  When grown as a free standing or wall shrub it can easily get to 1.5m.

An old favourite and always worth a place unless you are in the very coldest location.  It's survived here in a real frost pocket and still comes back to flower by July!  In a sheltered garden or a mild winter in can be somewhat evergreen or re-grow from the shrubby stems, in a cold spot it may have to come back from ground level each year.  Do not prune until the new growth is starting in mid-spring.

Occasionally reverts a little but easy to pinch out the green bits.

Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis was introduced from Chile in 1822, 'Versicolor' is a sport from it.