home   about   search

biodiversity explorer

the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Fuchsia (fuchsias)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Myrtales > Family: Onagraceae

About 100 species, native to Central and South America, and New Zealand. More than 8000 hybrids and cultivars have been developed for their distinctive and attractive flowers. Twelve species cultivated in southern Africa as well as numerous hybrids and cultivars.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Fuchsia arborescens

Native to Mexico.


Fuchsia boliviana

Native from Peru to Argentina.


Fuchsia cordifolia

Native to Guatemala.


Fuchsia corymbiflora

Native to Peru.


Fuchsia decussata

Native to Peru.


Fuchsia encliandra

Native from Mexico to Nicaragua.


Fuchsia hybrida


Fuchsia megellanica

Native to Chile and Argentina.


Fuchsia paniculata

Native from Mexico to Panama.


Fuchsia procumbens

Native to New Zealand.


Fuchsia regia

Native to Brazil.


Fuchsia triphylla

Native to the Caribbean


Fuchsia x baccilaris


Herbivores on garden plants in southern Africa

Hippotion eson (Common Striped Hawkmoth)

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)

Caterpillar eats the leaves.


Hippotion osiris (Large Striped Hawkmoth)

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)

Caterpillar eats the leaves.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.