This Brazilian native has not yet had a frost to dampen its spirits and much to my delight is still flowering, albeit sporadically. In its home country it lives in the romantically named cloud forests, where it is persistently moist, mists cut out much of the direct sunlight and the soil is rich and peaty. Although a cold snap will knock it back, so far it has survived the winters here unprotected and in the spring it will merrily continue its sideways spread. It has proven to be resistant to the dreaded Fuchsia Gall Mite, unlike its cousin Fuchsia magellanica, a fact I am sure the breeders have taken note of. This compact shrub with elegant cerise and purple flowers may well prove to be the parent of many new cultivars in the future and very pretty they will be too.