Fuchsia 'Riccartonii'. Vigorous deciduous shrub often used for coastal hedging. Masses of single flowers in summer/autumn. Sepals scarlet. Corolla dark purple. Height 2m. The origins of 'Ricartonii' are uncertain but it is said to have been raised by Young, gardener at Riccarton, Scotland, around 1830. It is thought to be a seedling of 'Globosa', itself a hybrid between F. magellanica conica and F. coccinea. It is from the latter that 'Ricartonii' gets its short tube. Widely planted for hedging because of its hardiness, this variety has become naturalised in milder areas. Thus there are many seedling forms which cannot be true 'Ricartonii' and which in some cases are sold as this variety without even looking much like it.