Without going into any complicated details, a triphylla is usually recognizable because it has a longer tube than the more commonly cultivated type of fuchsia.
The name triphylla basically means three leaved. Tri meaning three and phyllon is Greek for leaf, hence this type of fuchsia has leaves in sets of three at each set of nodes instead of only two as found normally on the basic cultivar.
All the triphyllas are derived from the sub tropical regions, so they will require extra attention during the colder weather.
A majority are the result of crosses between the species F. triphylla, F. fulgens, F. corymbiflora or F. splendens.
A minimum temperature of 5°C (41°F) will be ideal to protect them when over wintering.
The green foliage with its dark veining is very attractive. The corolla is generally a lot smaller than the ordinary cultivars.
Triphyllas with their blooms borne in terminal clusters are very floriferous. The plants are usually upright and grow to a considerable size which make them suitable for displaying in pots outside during the summer months. An ideal spot would be on the patio because most of them are more sun tolerant and they will withstand much higher temperatures than other varieties of fuchsias. The feeding and watering programme for pot grown triphyllas is similar to that of the ordinary cultivars. Triphyllas also make ideal bedding plants where they will produce an additional splash of colour. They must be lifted during the autumn and given winter protection. It shouldn’t matter a great deal to the person wishing to grow these gorgeous plants but not all the long tube fuchsias are classed as triphyllas. Because of previous cross breeding with other varieties, the resultant plants, although retaining the long tube and flower appearance of tripyllas, are now known as triphylla variants.
Plants entered in triphylla classes in Solent Fuchsia Club shows must be on this list of show bench triphllyas. Any plants not on this list can be entered in the singles or unusual cultivar classes.
|Adinda||Andenken an Heinrich Henkel||Bessie Kimberley|
|Billy Green||Bornemann’s Beste||Boy Marc|
|Brian C. Morrison||Brian Kimberley||Brighton Belle|
|Chantry Park||Christmas Gem||Coralle|
|Edwin J. Goulding||Elfriede Ott||Fabian Franck|
|Firecracker||Fred Swales||Fuchsiarama 91|
|Fulpila||Gartenmeister Bonstedt||Georg Bornemann|
|Golden Arrow||Grand Duchess||Greta|
|Jackqueline||John Maynard Scales||Koralle|
|Koralle Sport||Lee Anthony||Len Bielby|
|Mary||Mike Oxtoby||Monica Dare|
|Obergärtner Koch||Orient Express||Our Ted|
|Peter Crooks||Pipers Vale||Professor Henkel|
|Roger de Cooker||Roos Breytenbach||Schönbrunner Schuljubiäum|
|Sophie Clare||Sparky||Stella Ann|
|Timothy Titus||Traudchen Bonstedt||Trumpeter|