Herb latin name: Fuchsia microphylla


Family: Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)



Edible parts of Fuchsia microphylla:

Fruit - raw. A juicy berry with a nice flavour, but it is usually rather small. The fruit can be up to 1.5cm in diameter according to one report, but this is much larger than we have ever seen it.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
180 cm
(6 feet)

Flowering:
September
to October

Habitat of the herb:

Open places in oak and pine woods in Hidalgo. Mexico, Michoacan and Jalisco Counties.

Propagation of Fuchsia microphylla:

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:

Open places in oak and pine woods in Hidalgo. Mexico, Michoacan and Jalisco Counties.

Medicinal use of Fuchsia microphylla:

None known

Known hazards of Fuchsia microphylla:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.