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Fuchsia magellanica versus Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt'

17 years ago

Has anyone out there grown both of these Fuchsias? Magellanica is a large, 4'-6' shrub that is supposed to be hardy to zone 6, and blooms from June until frost. "Gartenmeister Bonstedt" is much smaller at 18" also blooms all summer, but is not winter hardy in most of the US. I believe I can find room for the shrub in a partially sunny location close to the house, and like the idea that it is winter hardy--unlike the Gartenmeister Bonstedt.

Has anyone tried magellanica, and did the hummingbirds like it? Was it easy care, or did it require lots of pampering? Did it have a nice growth habit, or did it get scraggly, or have any other negative qualities?

Oh, and by the way, I'm pretty sure that the correct spelling is F-U-C-H-S-I-A, not Fuschia. I don't mean to be a pain, but this must be one of the most misspelled genera on this forum. It's such a major hummer plant, that I thought it would be nice to mention this.

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