Herb latin name: Fuchsia boliviana
Synonyms: Fuchsia corymbiflora
Family: Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)
Edible parts of Fuchsia boliviana:Fruit - raw. A juicy berry, it has a sweetish taste. A pleasant flavour. The fruit can be up to 25mm long.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Grows in cool mossy forests in the Andes at altitudes of 1800 - 3000 metres.
Propagation of Fuchsia boliviana:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe though it can also be sown in the spring. Surface sow the seed in pots in a warm greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out. Germination should take place in less than 6 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Inter-nodal cuttings of greenwood, 5 - 8cm long, May/June in a frame. Quick and easy, a high percentage take. Overwinter in the greenhouse for the first year and plant out after the last expected frosts. Inter-nodal cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very quick and easy, treat as greenwood cuttings above. Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season.
Cultivation of the herb:Grows in cool mossy forests in the Andes at altitudes of 1800 - 3000 metres.
Medicinal use of Fuchsia boliviana:None known
Known hazards of Fuchsia boliviana:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.