Triphyllas, an erroneous name that has been used for more than a century in all kinds of writings, catalogues, books and on websites. Even on the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia people are confused about the difference between the species Fuchsia triphylla and Fuchsia triphylla cultivars. One then tries to indicate a group of cultivars that have the species Fuchsia triphylla as parent or ancestor in their lineage.
More than 100 years of talking and writing about triphyllas, where Fuchsia triphylla cultivars are meant, does indicate that there was a special interest in this group of plants in all those years.
But even in this 21st century it is still Fuchsia triphylla that plays a role among the breeders and enthusiasts of this group of fuchsia cultivars. You can therefore say that
Fuchsia triphylla is the oldest of a group of cultivars that have dominated the collection of fuchsia enthusiasts until now.
Of course, with the emergence and growth of such an interest in a group of plants within a plant genus, it is also written about and also published on the internet at this time.
But all things considered, there is actually no single publication that comprehensively discusses all the ins and outs of this group of plants. It is therefore the ins and outs that the publicists about Fuchsia triphylla cultivars stumbled over. What is and what is not a Fuchsia triphylla cultivar was often the stumbling block.
However, the same digital possibilities now make it possible to write a more complete story about this dynasty in the fuchsia world by means of all kinds of fragmented information.
Please note more complete, because what will always be missing is the information about which unconsciously and sometimes consciously nothing has been published. This is because from the first use of Fuchsia triphylla as a parent, a feeling of exclusivity value arose among the breeders of these plants.
Where applicable, this will be indicated with the relevant plants.
For a complete picture of how this separate group of plants came into being into present-day cultivars, and for a better insight into the care and exclusivity of these cultivars, we will of course start with the progenitor or progenitor, Fuchsia triphylla.
But also the answer to the question why collect a collection of Fuchsia triphylla cultivars and why they belong in a separate group was usually not explained.
That was probably also the reason why many enthusiasts of these cultivars, who were there in the 80s and 90s of the last century, eventually dropped out.
But with increasing digitization, the demand for information about this group of plants is also increasing.