Fuschia (fyus-chia) is an attractive colour which is similar to Magenta.
These lovely pendulous flowers in the driveway of JW MARRIOTT, Mussoorie bear the name Fuchsia ( mark the correct spelling) and adorn the colour Fuschia as well.
Growing profusely in the shade I call these magnificent flowers TEAR DROPS OF JOY.
The flower is called Fuchsia ( fook-sia) in honour of the 16th Century German Botanist Fuchs. ( sorry, but that was the name of the scientist) It is rare for the scientific and common name to be same, this lovely flower shares this honour. Scientific name is Fuchsia hybridia.( there are however over a hundred species and the last name could change).
Do observe the colour of the stems as they turn Fuschia as well.
This is obviously another species of this wonderful flower within the lovely garden of Prateek’s home and part of the Brentwood Sanctuary, Mussoorie.
Please do read my previous posts ( THE WALNUT TRAIL, THE SECRET TRAP, THE CORN VILLAGE( http://www.travelwithmukul.wordpress.com) and THE MUSHROOM TRAIL ) to connect the dots.
The buds look like a Lady’s Ear Drop, which is also another common name for these stunning flowers.
The petals and sepals seem to be in conflict as one gazes downwards and the other reaches out to the Sun.
These gorgeous flowers are native to Central America and cannot bear the harsh summer heat of the plains of India. Hence they are relatively rare to see in this country.
They however love the Himalayan mountain air and were adorning the gardens of the Hotel like little chandeliers.
They also bear an edible berry ( the fruit of the Fuchsia) . Do try it and let me know how it tastes.
Bearing testimony to the phrase ” LOOKS ARE DECEPTIVE”, a species of this gorgeous looking flower is an invasive weed in many parts of Australia, New Zealand and many Islands of the INDIAN OCEAN.
Fortunately they brought me only TEARS OF JOY.