Fuchsia ‘Splendidissima’

In 1852, in the pages of The Gardeners Chronicle, Edward George Henderson & Son, of St Johns Wood, advertised the Fuchsia ‘Splendidissima’ for sale: ‘Unrivalled first class show flower, for exhibition purposes; the flowers of large size and great substance; sepals well reflexed, with fine, smooth, crimson tube, and large violet-purple corolla; the plant of good habit and free flowerer; altogether this is a very superior variety.’  [Gard. Chron. 1852].

Horticultural & Botanical History

A specimen seen at Henderson’s Nursery was described in the Floricultural Cabinet: ‘The new Fuchsia splendidissima.  Tube of medium size, that and the well-reflexed sepals are crimson, the corolla is exposed to full view, and inch and a half long, of a rich violet-purple. The large flowers on long slender foot-stalks, seen at a distance, appear like very large beautiful flies on the wing.’  [FC p.220/1852].

A plant of this name was bred and introduced by Schüle in 1852, probably in Germany.  Schüle’s and Henderson’s plants may be different.  [FS p.152 vol.10/1855].  

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.496/1857].  The plant described by Henderson is most likely the one grown by Macarthur.  Whether this is the plant bred by Schüle is unclear.


Published Aug 23, 2009 - 02:41 PM | Last updated Sep 01, 2011 - 03:31 PM

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

Garden origin, probably England or Germany

Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Fuchsia Splendidissima 

Confidence level medium