A very hardy fuchsia
Probably the best known and toughest of the hardy Fuchsias which are now at their best. The name originated from the garden at Riccarton, nowadays the site of Heriot-Watt University near Edinburgh. It is thought to be a variant of F. magellanica which was introduced from South America in 1788. This species grows wild near the Straits of Magellan. It flourishes on west coasts and especially in Ireland where it can make hedges up to 8 ft. high. Further east and north it is liable to die back in hard winters but in spring fresh shoots sprout from the base which can grow up to 5 ft. tall in a season.