Fuchsia ‘Delicata’

Probably Newberry’s ‘Delicata’, which was ‘warranted the best white Fuchsia ever grown; with every good quality of Venus Victrix, from 3-4 times its size.  Tube pure white without forcing; corolla, fine purple; sepals well expanded, and its habit good’.  Advertisement from the Upway Nursery, Dorchester.  [Gard. Chron. 1846].

Horticultural & Botanical History

It seems that more than one ‘Delicata’ was for sale at the time, Turville’s ‘Delicata’ being a highly recommended light-coloured fuchsia by The Gardeners Chronicle of 1848 and 1849 and this is a possibility for Macarthur’s plant.  Another possibility is Fairbairn's ‘Delicata’, mentioned in the Courier notice discussed below.

Flore des Serres [FS p.144 vol.10/1855] describes Smith’s ‘Delicata’, produced in 1854, with rose-coloured sepals, the tips of the segments yellowish-green, and carmine corolla, but this is not Macarthur’s plant.

A fuchsia named ‘Delicata’ is still available today.  Its description fits Newberry’s plant but I know nothing of its history.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.472/1850].  The following notice appeared in the Courier, Hobart, on Saturday 6th April 1850.  ‘The Autumn Exhibition of the Gardeners and Amateurs' Floral and Horticultural Society was held on Wednesday last, at the Music Hall, Collins-street.  The best collections of fuchsias were exhibited by Mr. Rheuben and Mr. A. Douglass.  Those of Mr. Rheuben's were all seedlings, and Mr. Douglases' comprised specimens of the Corallina, Napoleon, Acanthe, Fairbairn's Delicata, Miss Prettyman, Cassandra, Smith's Prince Albert, and Fulgent.’  The source of William Macarthur’s ‘Delicata’ is not known and it could have been obtained from one of his Hobart contacts.  It is also possible that the Hobart plants were obtained from Camden although I have found no record of this.  Interestingly Macarthur had received ‘Venus Victrix’ from J. Abbott of Hobart but reported on 16th June 1846 that it, and another unnamed variety had died since arrival.


Published Aug 13, 2009 - 05:23 PM | Last updated Sep 03, 2011 - 05:00 PM

More details about Fuchsia ‘Delicata’
Family Onagraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Fuchsia Delicata 

Confidence level medium