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Special, peculiar and deviant triphyllas

In recent years, during the search for the perfect white Fuchsia triphylla, the necessary triphylla cultivars have emerged that have special characteristics, but also by crossing with the seeds brought by Paul Berry, special flower shapes have emerged.

‘Herps Panfluit improved’

Two different flower shapes for a triphylla cultivar are 'Fuchsiana' and 'Straat Torres'.

The first has a flower that you would expect from an "ordinary" fuchsia cultivar, but has 'Göttingen' as mother.

The other one looks more like oneFuchsia procumbens, but has as mother Fuchsia triphylla.

                                                                        'Straat Torres'


Finally, I would like to mention 'Red Rain'. The small red flower has a "normal" triphylla shape, but has remained a beautiful and compact flower due to its parentage on the mother's side, namely 'Rosea'.

'Red Rain'

One of these is 'Herps Panflute improved', a semi-trailing triphylla cultivar with a very large, saucer-shaped crown that has a bright orange colour, being for triphylla.


Looking for the white triphylla.

The goal of creating a perfect white triphylla cultivar has not yet been fully realized. Especially the corolla still shows some pale shades of pink.

In principle, creating a pure white triphylla should be done using the white triphyllas already present by crossing between brothers and sisters of these white triphyllas.

The main problem is time, effort, space and patience for making a large number of seedlings with the best color, growth and wintering properties etc.

  Triphylla hybrid seedling N 15-2  N 02-16 x Fuchsia triphylla (pink)

The obvious starting point is to use fertile specimens that already possess some genetic properties to create pure white triphyllas.

Examples include crossings of 'Göttingen' x 'Our Ted', 'Strike The Viol' and 'Touch The Lute'.

The first positive results have been obtained by making crosses with N 02-16 x pink triphylla.

As can also be deduced from the photos, the white of the flower is almost excellent, especially the white of the corolla, varying from very light pink to pure white.

Author M. de Cooker.

(This is an abbreviated article, find the full articleone under the button “The fuchsia breeders initiative” July 2016 )

Triphylla hybrid seedling

N 15-26 N 02-16 x F. triphylla (pink)

The second Dutch breeder who has also been involved with the white triphylla is

Hr. H. van Aspert. His search has also yielded a number of "white" namely

'Jaspers Lightning', 'Jaspers Unbelievable' and 'Phileine'

‘Jaspers Lightning’


Mini triphyllas

By crossing seedlings of 'Göttingen' x 'Our Ted' with Fuchsia fulgens and triphylla cultivars, flowers can be

‘Timothy Titus’

created with a very short tube length.

A tube length of only 10mm has been found, making these types of seedlings real mini triphyllas.

Sometimes there are plants with flowers as small as the Encliandras.

Also, mini-triphyllas have been made in the past that were most likely never recognized as something special that needed further investigation.

Examples of this are 'Adinda' (Dijkstra, 1995,

'Göttingen' x 'Bornemann's Beste' ) and 'Timothy Titus' ( Goulding, 1998, 'Thalia' x 'Vuurwerk' )

A more recent example is a seedling of

'Göttingen' x Fuchsia macropetala, made by Jan de Boer.

‘Göttingen’ x Fuchsia macropetala,

Author M. de Cooker.

(This is an abbreviated article, find the full articleone under the button “The fuchsia breeders initiative” July 2016 )