A genus of flowering plants having elegant drooping flowers, with four sepals, four petals, eight stamens, and a single pistil. They are natives of Mexico and South America. Double-flowered varieties are now common in cultivation.
kotukutuku Tree fuchsia is one of New Zealand's few deciduous trees, which means that it loses all of its leaves during the winter. Fuchsia has beautiful purple flowers that hang down and deep purple fruits that birds like to eat. Possums also love to eat fuchsia leaves, so it has disappeared from many areas where it was once common. Harakeke/New Zealand flax Harakeke, or New Zealand flax, is a very important plant to Maori who used the strong leaf fibres for making clothing, sandals, mats, baskets, ropes, and fishing nets. Tui and other birds love to feed on flax nectar, and birds that have been feeding on flax flowers may end up with a bright orange or red patch on their forehead. This is because when the bird sticks its beak into the flower, flax pollen rubs off onto their feathers. Birds will then carry this pollen to the next flower they visit and pollinate it. This process allows the flax plants to make new seeds.
Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants, mostly shrubs, which were identified by Charles Plumier in the late 17th century, and named by Linnaeus in 1753 after the German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566). The English vernacular name Fuchsia is the same as the scientific name.