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Fuchsia boliviana alba, White Bolivian Fuchsia

The loveliest of all fuschias, this beauty grows wild in the cloud forests of Bolivia and Peru. Hardy down to 25 degrees, it grows well in cool, misty climates and shade gardens. Think ferns, a cool greenhouse, San Francisco. If you have a shade garden in a warm climate, it will grow there, too.

Fuchsia boliviana is a small shrubby tree with velvety leaves. It blooms clusters of long white trumpets with crimson tips. Despite its rarity, the tiny seeds germinate quickly in warm weather and the seedlings grow fast. You may see the first blossoms within 12 months. Small sweet fruits follow.

The fruits were popular with the Incas and are still sold in Peruvian street markets. Definitely worth a nibble, but you'll get more flowers if you pinch back spent blooms before they make fruit

The seeds are tiny. Place a few on the surface of a moist peaty soil mix and barely cover. They need light to germinate. Transplant the seedlings so they have room to spread out and always keep them moist. Makes a spectacular houseplant.

10 tiny seeds

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