Fuchsia Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
fuchsia 'Son of Thumb'


The plant known as Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb' is a charming bloomer that showcases distinctive flowers and foliage. Its appearance is marked by a cascade of pendant, tear-drop-shaped flowers that are a striking combination of pink and purple hues. The outer parts of the flowers, known as sepals, are usually a long and slender vivid pink that gracefully recurve back, contrasting with the rich purple petals that flare out below. The petals, also called the corolla, often exhibit a paler purple or even a slight magenta tone towards the edges. These exquisite blooms dangle from delicate stems which can give the plant an elegant weeping habit. The stems possess a subtle green color and have a graceful arching form. Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb' has dense foliage that comprises small, oval-shaped leaves. These leaves offer a deep green backdrop, sometimes with a glossy finish, which further accentuates the vivid coloring of the flowers. It's common for this plant to bloom profusely, creating a stunning display of these characteristic flowers which are loved by many for their unique shape and vibrant coloration. The contrast between the greenery and the flowers makes Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb' a popular choice for hanging baskets and containers where the beauty of its drooping blooms can be fully appreciated. Despite the exclusion of specific size dimensions, the plant's appearance itself lends to a lush and vibrant visual impact in any garden setting.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Son of Thumb, Lady's Eardrops

    • Common names

      Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb', commonly known as Fuchsia, is not known to be toxic to humans. However, ingesting any part of this plant is not advised as it can cause gastrointestinal discomfort or allergic reactions in some individuals.

    • To pets

      Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb', commonly known as Fuchsia, is generally considered non-toxic to pets. There is no significant risk of poisoning if pets ingest parts of this plant. Nonetheless, as with any non-food plant, ingestion can sometimes result in mild digestive upset.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Central and South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Visual Appeal: Brings a splash of vibrant colors to gardens with its pendulous teardrop-shaped flowers that bloom from late spring to autumn.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Invites beneficial pollinators such as hummingbirds and bees to the garden, helping to pollinate other plants.
    • Suitable for Containers: Compact and bushy habit makes it ideal for growing in pots and hanging baskets, offering flexibility in garden design.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Can be used in various landscape applications, such as borders, hedges, or as a standalone specimen.
    • Long Flowering Period: Offers a long season of interest with its extended blooming from late spring through fall.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, other than regular watering and occasional feeding.
    • Cold Resistant: Capable of tolerating cooler temperatures, making it a good choice for gardens in temperate climates.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb' can be utilized as a natural dye for fabrics, achieving hues ranging from light pink to deep purple depending on the processing.
    • When pressed and dried, the flowers of the Fuchsia can be used to create decorative bookmarks or added to clear phone cases for a floral aesthetic touch.
    • The nectar-rich flowers can be used for attracting and feeding hummingbirds and butterflies when planted in a garden.
    • This plant can be shaped and incorporated into living plant sculptures or “mossed animals” for garden art.
    • Fuchsia blooms can be used as edible decorations for desserts and salads, enhancing their appearance with a touch of color.
    • Floral artists can utilize Fuchsia flowers in creating living jewelry, such as necklaces, earrings, and hairpieces, for special events.
    • The unique cascading growth habit of this plant can be harnessed for creating picturesque hanging basket displays on verandas and patios.
    • Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb' can be employed in botanical illustration and watercolor artworks due to its distinctive and striking flower structure.
    • In macro photography, its intricate flowers can provide a stunning subject for photographers, highlighting the delicate details and vibrant colors.
    • Given its modest size, this particular variety of Fuchsia is well-suited for educational purposes in schools to teach students about plant growth and botany.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Fuchsia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Fuchsia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Confidence: The Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb', with its vibrant and hanging blossoms, often symbolizes confidence and self-assuredness, reflecting the plant's bold appearance.
    • Elegance and Good Taste: Known for its beautiful and unusual flowers, the Fuchsia generally represents sophistication and a good sense of aesthetics.
    • Ardent Love: The rich colors and graceful droplets of the Fuchsia flowers can also signify deep love and trust in relationships.
    • Overflowing Abundance: The prolific blooming nature of the Fuchsia plant suggests a symbol of abundance, wealth, or even overflow of ideas and creativity.
    • Ambition and Accomplishment: With its characteristic upright growth before the flowers droop, Fuchsia can represent personal ambition and the accomplishment of goals.
    • Intuition and Connection: Some cultures believe the Fuchsia to be a harbinger of intuition and deeper connection with the spiritual or inner self.

Every 2-3 days
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Hardy Fuchsias such as 'Son of Thumb' prefer consistently moist soil, so it's essential to water them regularly. They generally need to be watered once or twice a week, depending on the climate and weather conditions. During the hotter months, they may require more frequent watering to ensure the soil doesn't dry out completely. A good method is to check the top inch of the soil; if it feels dry, give the plant water. When watering, apply water directly to the base of the plant, avoiding the leaves and flowers, and provide about 1 to 2 gallons per plant each time, ensuring you're soaking the soil thoroughly.

  • sunLight

    Hardy Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb' performs best in partial sun to light shade conditions. It should be placed in a location where it can receive morning sunlight and afternoon shade, especially in hotter regions, to prevent leaf scorch. Avoid direct afternoon sunlight during the peak hours as it can damage the delicate leaves and blooms of the plant. Their ideal spot is one where they are protected from harsh midday sun but still receive enough light to bloom profusely.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Hardy Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb' thrives in cooler temperatures and can survive in temperatures as low as around 40 degrees Fahrenheit up to about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They generally prefer an ideal temperature range between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme heat can be detrimental to the plant, while they can handle light frosts once established. Ensure they are protected from frost during their first winter if planted late in the season.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning hardy Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb' stimulates new growth, encourages bushier plants, and promotes more flowers. It is best to prune them in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Cut back the previous year's growth to a healthy set of buds to shape the plant and remove any dead or damaged wood. Doing this annually helps maintain a compact and attractive shape while ensuring the plant's energy is directed towards healthy shoots.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Fuchsia prefers a well-draining potting mix with peat, perlite, and loam. It thrives with a soil pH between 6 and 7.

  • plantRepotting

    Fuchsias should be repotted every 2-3 years during the spring to encourage fresh growth and flowering.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Fuchsias flourish in high humidity conditions, ideally around 60-70%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Fuchsia in bright, indirect light and maintain high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Partial shade, sheltered; protect Fuchsia from strong winds and scorching sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb', commonly known as the hardy fuchsia, begins its life cycle as a seed, germinating in a moist environment with partial shade. With proper conditions, it sprouts into a seedling, developing its initial leaves and root system. It then enters a vegetative growth stage where it grows stems, leaves, and establishes a stronger root network, becoming a mature plant. Next, the hardy fuchsia progresses to the flowering stage, forming distinctive hanging flowers, which are typically pink, purple, or white, important for pollination by hummingbirds and insects. After pollination, the flowers develop into small fruit that contains seeds, completing its reproductive cycle. In suitable climates, the hardy fuchsia can be a perennial, going dormant in winter and resuming growth in spring; in colder regions, it is often treated as an annual or brought indoors to overwinter.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Fuchsia 'Son of Thumb', commonly known as hardy fuchsia, is best propagated through softwood cuttings. The ideal time to take these cuttings is in late spring or early summer when the plant is growing vigorously. To propagate, a gardener should select healthy, non-flowering shoots and make a cut just below a leaf node, typically a 2 to 4-inch cutting (5-10 cm). The leaves on the lower half of the cutting should be removed, and the cut end can be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The prepared cutting is then placed in a pot filled with a mixture of peat and perlite or a similar well-draining rooting medium and kept in a humid environment with indirect light. Roots usually develop within 3 to 4 weeks, after which the new hardy fuchsia plants can be gradually acclimatized to normal growing conditions.