Fuchsia 'Queen Elizabeth'
Fuchsia 'Queen Elizabeth'
Fuchsia 'Queen Elizabeth'

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(Queen Elizabeth Fuchsia) Long and slender, the upward curling red sepals of Fuchsia ‘Queen Elizabeth’ rise above a corolla of cerise petals. This bountiful bloomer is a trailing Fuchsia with mid-green foliage. It’s ideal for hanging baskets.

Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion. Fuchsia Queen Elizabeth
USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average. 7 - 11
Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height. 12"/36"/12"
Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates. Partial to full shade
Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage. Rich and well drained
Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface. Average
Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant. Yes
Hummingbird plant? Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers. Yes
Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions. 2 to 3 feet
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(Queen Elizabeth Fuchsia) Long and slender, the upward curling red sepals of Fuchsia 'Queen Elizabeth' rise above a corolla of cerise petals. This bountiful bloomer is a trailing Fuchsia with mid-green foliage. It's ideal for hanging baskets.

Queen Elizabeth Fuchsia's branches reach a height of only about a foot before curving downward. They are procumbent, which means that when this Fuchsia is planted in ground, its branches fall and creep along the soil without setting roots.

In addition to trailing species, the Fuchsia genus includes shrubs and climbers of varying heights. Another way in which they are classified is by the number of petals in their corollas. Fuchsia Queen Elizabeth is a single that has only 4 petals. Doubles have 8 or more petals whereas semi-doubles have 5, 6, or 7.

All Fuchsias require moist but not soggy soil that is fertilized every two to three weeks. Some grow well in full sun, but all are agreeable to some degree of shade. Queen Elizabeth Fuchsia needs partial shade throughout the day, such as on a patio where shade trees provide dappled sunlight.

Gordon Garson of Montebello, California - a former agricultural city just east of downtown Los Angeles - hybridized Fuchsia Queen Elizabeth. He introduced it in 1942, six years before the American Fuchsia Society Registry began. It was also ten years before Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne. So, this Fuchsia honors the first Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603). Garson, who was born in Scotland just before the turn of the twentieth century, is also known for hybrid fuchsias he named for his wife Janet, daughter Mima, and Sir Winston Churchill.

The Fuchsia genus has homelands worldwide yet is primarily located in Mexico, Central America, and South America where the climate is moist and temperatures are moderate. It found a new home along the West Coast and other coastal areas (such as in Ireland and the UK) in the 1800s.