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Hybridiser: de Cooker, Mario, (NL)
Year Introduced: 1999
Height 80cm
Spread 65cm


Vigorous growth, superb looking fuchsia that flowers well but not as heavily as some. However the flowers look fabulous against the backdrop of dark foliage and give a pleasing balanced appearance overall.

Tube: Rich rose red 52A, long in proportion to the entire flower.

Sepals: Rich rose red above, green recurved tip, pink 52D below, horizontal.

Corolla: Magenta 68A, 1/2 flared when mature.

Foliage: Dark green with red veining underneath.

Parentage: ((F. magdalenae x Rubra Grandiflora) x Göttingen) x ((Checkerboard x Machu Picchu) x (Checkerboard x Machu Picchu)).

AFS 7652, NKvF 3883

Phaidra – No 7652 (de Cooker 2011)

Single. Upright

COROLLA: quarter flared, smooth petal margins; opens and matures magenta (68A); 15mm (9/16") long x 14mm (9/16") wide

SEPALS: horizontal, tips recurved; red (52A) tipped light olive green (147C)upper surface; pink (52D) lower surface; 13mm (1/2") long x 6mm (1/4") wide

TUBE: red (52A); long, medium thickness; 18mm (11/16") long x 8mm (5/16") wide

STAMENS extend 5mm (3/16") beyond the corolla; white filaments; yellow (5B) anthers

PISTIL extends 5mm (3/16") beyond the corolla; pale yellow (5D) style; white stigma

BUD: Elliptic

FOLIAGE: dark green (147A) upper surface; medium green (147B) lower surface

Leaves are 59mm (2 3/8") long x 36mm (1 7/16") wide, elliptic shaped, serrulate edges, acute tips, rounded bases. Veins are yellow green, stems and branches are red

PARENTAGE: [(F. magdalenae x F. fulgens var. grandiflora) x Göttingen] x [(Checkerboard x Machu Picchu) x (Checkerboard x Machu Picchu)]

Medium upright

Self branching

Makes good upright or standard

Prefers full sun in cool climate

Best bloom color in bright light

Best foliage color in filtered light

Tested 3 years in Ohé en Laak, The Netherlands

VKC Aalsmeer 1999

Distinguished by flower color


Hybridiser: M. de Cooker 1999 EN

Seed Donor: (F. F. fulgens magdalenae x grandiflora var.) X Gottingen

Pollen Donor: (Checkerboard Machu Picchu x) x (x Checkerboard Machu Picchu)

NKvF number: 3883

AFS number: 7652

Flower: single, standing off to a strong hairy stem, rose red / D.roze,, 38mm.

Flower Tube: tube, diameter round, rosy red 52A, 18x8mm.

Sepals: horizontal position, four-sided symmetry, top up, diameter sphere, boss dimensions small and green 147c, exterior color pink red 52A, 52D inside light pink, 13x6mm.

Petals: normally shaped crown, bottom view around, not outstanding, the petals are diamond shaped with rounded corners and a smooth edge, color base cream pink 33C, society and outskirts dark 68A, 15x14mm.

Filament : white, variable length, 19-21mm.

Anther: yellow.

Pollen: missing.

Style: cream, 36mm.

Stigma: white, clavate.

Flowering: rich.

Flowering: normal.

Button: sleeve, point sideways, angular diameter, two axillary buds per leaf axil, normally open top.

Berry: No data.

Leaf: elliptical shape, top striker foot rounded edge slightly serrated, matt appearance, smooth and flat, veins deepens, medium green color top, bottom, light green, yellow-green midrib and veins, petiole red.

Growth habit: erect.

Cultivation Method: bush for in full sun, best color in bright light.

Special features: very strong plant with hairy flour steal so it looks like a greyish layer is over. Approved by the VKC on 24-7-1999.

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Medium (3 - 4.5cm) #
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Upright Bush #
H1c (Min 5°C to 10°C) #
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