Fuchsia (fukushia)

***** Location: Japan, other areas
***** Season: Late Summer
***** Category: Plant


Fuchsia, fukushia フクシア

Trailing abutilon, tsuri uki soo 釣浮草(つりうきそう. ツリウキソウ)
"gourd-like plant", hyootan soo 瓢箪草(ひょうたんそう)

Fuchsia hybrida, Hybrid fuchsia


Fukushia (Fuchsia)
© LINDA INOKI / Japan Times

I tend my flowers for thee —
Bright Absentee! My Fuchsia's Coral Seams Rip —
while the Sower —
dreams —

From "I tend my flowers for thee"
by American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-86)

Emily Dickinson was a keen observer of plants, and here she zooms in on a tantalizing aspect of fuchsias — their luscious buds. My father used to grow lots of lovely fuchsias, and when I was a child I could not resist popping open the buds! Once open, the typically bi-colored flowers look like little ballerinas in pink and purple, or red and white dresses. There are about 100 species of wild fuchsias, and most are from Central and South America, but some are also found in Tahiti and New Zealand. Plant types range from a small ground-hugging forms to the impressive Tree Fuchsia of New Zealand, which grows up to 9 meters high. From just 10 or so species, more than 8,000 hybrids have been developed.

They are usually grown as tender or hardy shrubs for the garden, or as pot plants. However, the tough Fuchsia magellanica, a native of southern Chile, is often grown as a hedge in Ireland and Scotland. The genus was named after the German botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-66), although unfortunately he never saw the plants since fuchsias did not arrive in Europe until the late 18th century.



Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants, mostly shrubs, which were identified by Charles Plumier in the late 17th century, and named by Plumier in 1703 after the German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566). The English vernacular name Fuchsia is the same as the scientific name.

There are about 100–110 species of Fuchsia. The great majority are native to South America, but with a few occurring north through Central America to Mexico, and also several on New Zealand, and Tahiti. One species, Fuchsia magellanica, extends as far as the southern tip of South America on Tierra del Fuego in the cool temperate zone, but the majority are tropical or subtropical. Most fuchsias are shrubs from 0.2–4 m tall, but one New Zealand species, Kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata), is unusual in the genus in being a tree, growing up to 12–15 m tall.

Leonhart Fuchs was born in 1501. He occupied the chair of Medicine at the Tübingen University from the age of 34 until his death, on the 10th May 1566. Besides his medical knowledge, according to his record of activities which was extensive for the time, he studied plants. This was natural, for most of the remedies of the time were herbal and the two subjects were often inseparable.

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Things found on the way


Fuchsien im Garten -
wippende Ballettröckchen -
sie tanzen im Wind.

fuchsia in the garden
tutu teetering -
enjoy dancing in the wind

© Dietlinde Heider - Fuchsia - Swingtime

 Ballet Tutu : Skirt

Related words

***** Tyrolean Lamp チロリアンランプ ‘Swing Bell’

Abutilon family. アブチロン
Red one: Abutilon megapotamicum

Abutilon means a medical substance that is helpful against diarrhea in animals.
The origin of this delicate flower is Brazil. It flowers from June to October.

city sunset
without a single firefly ...
the tyrolean lamps

Keiko Izawa, Japan




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wedding day
her hair adorned with
paper fuchsia