Australian Fuchsia

14 Apr

Australian Fuchsia (Correa), evergreen shrub, moderate growth to 2-4 ft. in height, 2-3 ft. spread or wider depending on variety, fuchsia-like flowers in pink, white, red, orange and carmine rose, full sun to part shade, tolerates some drought, deer resistant, long blooming.

These Australian natives may resemble fuchsia in their flower form, but in all other ways they are far from fuchsialike. Plants range from low growing to tall, are usually dense and spreading. Roundish, 1-in. leaves, densely felted underneath; gray or gray-green color contrasts subtly with other grays, distinctly with dark greens. All are valued for their long flowering season, usually late fall into spring. Small (1/2 to 3/4-in.) flowers hang from branches like little bells; they are individually handsome but not showy. Need fast drainage; do well in poor, rocky soil. Easy to kill with kindness (overwatering, overfertilizing). Should not get reflected heat from wall or pavement. Use as ground cover on banks or slopes. Attractive in large pots placed where flowers can be enjoyed close up.

Correa pulchella
Grows 2 to 2 1/2 ft. high, spreading as wide as 8 ft. Leaves green above, gray-green below; flower color ranges from light pink to reddish orange. Most widely grown correa in Northern California.

‘Dusky Bells’ (‘Carmine Bells’)
Low growing (2 to 2 1/2 ft.), spreading as wide as 8 ft. Deep red flowers.

 

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