Herb latin name: Fuchsia hemsleyana
Family: Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)
Edible parts of Fuchsia hemsleyana:Fruit - raw or cooked. A small round berry about 5mm in diameter, it is juicy with a reasonable flavour but rather a fiddle to pick.
Description of the plant:
(6 1/2 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Oak woods, often as an epiphyte.
Propagation of Fuchsia hemsleyana: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. Division of tubers in the spring. Dig up the plant as it comes into active growth and pot up the tubers with their growing stems. Grow them on in the greenhouse until established and plant them out in early summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Oak woods, often as an epiphyte.
Medicinal use of Fuchsia hemsleyana:None known
Known hazards of Fuchsia hemsleyana:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.