The Fuchsia was named after the German botanist, Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566) and is a large genus of shrubs which originated mainly in South America. There are very many variations.
It’s common name is Fushsia, the scientific name Fushsia magellanica, in Irish it is called Fiúise and it belongs to the family group; Onagraceae.
All along the roadways of the south-west of Ireland, on slender arching stalks the beautiful Fuchsia flowers colour the hedgerows from July to October with their rich hues. These are deciduous shrubs, only reaching to about 1.5m, which favour coastal locations and rocky ground. The flowers (2cm long) are bell-shaped and have four violet petals which are surrounded by four large, pointed red sepals, rather like a ballerina with a crimson skirt, purple petticoat and long, long, slightly uneven, legs. The grey/green leaves are ovate and toothed and the fruits are black, fleshy berries in autumn. This is not a native plant - is rather the result of planted hedges which have sent out their 'escapes' - but is not regarded as an alien species in the same way as Himalayan Balsam or Japanese Knotweed, having been a familiar sight for a lot longer.