(Willie Tamerus Fuchsia) Pale salmon sepals flare out like elegant tutus over the rosy red-orange corollas of long-tubed Fuchsia ‘Willie Tamerus’. The blossoms drip so gracefully from the lax foliage that this petite hybrid is an ideal hanging basket plant.
Willie was hybridized in 1981 by a mysterious (at least to us) Dutch fuchsia specialist named A. Tamerus, many of whose creations are listed in the American Fuchsia Society’s Registry. Most appear to be named after family members but none led us to the hybridizer. So, we are crying uncle or, perhaps, grandmother, grandfather, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, nephew, niece, or, of course, auntie. If anyone out there is familiar with A. Tamerus, please send us a note.
Nevertheless, Fuchsia ‘Willie Tamerus’ is a fine addition for your garden family if you have the growing conditions to meet its needs. Give it rich, well-drained potting mix. In areas where winter temperatures are moderate and it can survive as a deciduous perennial, you might want to try planting Willie Tamerus in loamy soil atop a retaining wall over which it can languorously dangle. Keep it moist but not soggy and provide full sun to partial shade. A location with morning sun and afternoon shade is particularly good and should help Willie attract hungry hummingbirds.
Fuchsias are Western Hemisphere species native to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Mexico and Central America, and South America. Britain’s early 19th century love affair with hybrid Fuchsias spread throughout Europe and around the world to California by the 1850s.