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Edible uses


Fruit - raw or cooked. A juicy berry[K], it is sweet but astringent. Sap - sweet. Obtained by cutting a length of branch and sucking out the sap. It is not produced very freely.


Material uses

A purple dye is obtained from the plant (the part is not specified, though it is likely to be the pollen). It makes a good ink[1].

The pollen is bright blue and was used by the Maoris as a face powder[2][1].

Wood - very strong and durable with an attractive grain, but hard to work. Used for making small items[3].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Fuchsia colensoi.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[4] though it can also be sown in the spring[5]. Surface sow the seed in pots in a warm greenhouse and do not allow the compost to dry out[4]. 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[78, K]. 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[K].

Cuttings usually succeed at any time during the growing season[K].

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Succeeds in any fertile well-drained circum-neutral soil. Prefers semi-shade and a sheltered position. Does well in woodland conditions.

Plants are only hardy in the mildest parts of Britain, they grow well in Cornwall where they can attain a large size[6]. The young growth in spring, even on mature plants, is frost-tender and so it is best to grow the plants in a position sheltered from the early morning sun[K]. A very variable species, it is closely related to F. excorticata[6] and considered by some authorities to be a naturally occurring hybrid with that species[7].

Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[8].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Fuchsia colensoi
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? Crowe. A. Native Edible Plants of New Zealand. Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 0-340-508302 (1990-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Boullemier. L. The Checklist of Species, Hybrids and Cultivars of the Genus Fuschia. Blandford Press ISBN 0-7137-1781-5 (1985-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Laing. and Blackwell. Plants of New Zealand. Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd (1907-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  5. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  6. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  7. ? Allan. H. H. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington. (1961-00-00)
  8. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)

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Belongs to familyOnagraceae +
Belongs to genusFuchsia +
Has binomial nameFuchsia colensoi +
Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
Has edible partFruit + and Sap +
Has edible useUnknown use +
Has environmental toleranceHigh wind +
Has fertility typeInsects +
Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
Has hardiness zone9 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has material partUnknown part +
Has material useCosmetic +, Dye +, Ink + and Wood +
Has mature height10 +
Has search namefuchsia colensoi +
Has shade toleranceLight shade +
Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy + and Clay +
Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
Has taxonomy nameFuchsia colensoi +
Has water requirementsmoderate +
Is deciduous or evergreenDeciduous +
Is herbaceous or woodyWoody +
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PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
PFAF edible use notes migratedNo +
PFAF material use notes migratedNo +
PFAF medicinal use notes migratedYes +
PFAF propagation notes migratedNo +
PFAF toxicity notes migratedYes +
Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
Tolerates windYes +
Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
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