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Fuchsia Stokes’ ‘Duke of Wellington’

Probably Stokes’ ‘Duke of Wellington’: ‘Tube and sepals a rich crimson, corolla violet. Fine florist flower.’  [FC p.279/1854].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

More detail of ‘Duke of Wellington’, together with a line drawing, was given in The Gardener's Chronicle in an advertisement for John Moore and Sons of Perry Bar: ‘Colour-sepals light scarlet; tube deep carmine; corolla rosy purple. Form-as given. Habit-shrubby, compact, and very prolific, blooming at every joint, perfectly distinct from all others yet in cultivation, and a type and groundwork for a new and much improved class.’  [GC p.192/1854].  FC p.33/1855.  The double fuchsia sold today as ‘Duke of Wellington’ is of recent origin.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.42/1857].


A fuchsia called ‘Duke of Wellington’ was offered for sale by William Miller of Ramsgate, and described as red.  [Gard. Chron. 1847].  This earlier plant is unlikely to be Macarthur’s plant.

Published Aug 14, 2009 - 05:30 PM | Last updated Sep 03, 2011 - 04:47 PM

Family Onagraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Fuchsia Duke of Wellington 

Confidence level high