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Fuchsia ‘President’


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyOnagraceaeWillowherb/evening primrose family
GenusFuchsiaAfter Leonard Fuchs (1501-1566), a German physician and herbalist, and the first modern maker of Latin-form plant names

About plant names...

This fuchsia is a cultivated variety that does not occur in the wild in the United States, cultivated by Standish and introduced in 1841. Apparently there are a jaw-dropping fifteen thousand cultivars of Fuchsia, so it is perhaps understandable that distinguishing among them is some­thing of a challenge. I have seen variants named Fuchsia ‘President’, Fuchsia ‘The President’, and even names like “Fuchsia ‘President George Bartlett’” and “President Gosselin Fuchsia.” Are all these unique cultivars? Probably.

Identification: Plants are deciduous, 4-6' (1.2-1.8 m) in size, with a bushy habit. Leaves are dark green, toothed, and ovate. Flowers are stunning in appearance, drooping, with red, sharp-tipped petals and a deep red-purple center. Stamens and styles, also red, extend far past the flower boundaries. Fruits are edible, but do not taste very good.

If you are looking for specific varieties of these amazingly beautiful plants, check out FuchsiaFinder (no relation to FloraFinder).

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Fuchsia ‘President’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Fuchsia ‘President’ (ladies’-eardrops)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm)

Fuchsia ‘President’ (ladies’-eardrops)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Fuchsia ‘President’ (ladies’-eardrops)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Range: Zones 8a-10b:

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