Lost Fuchsia: Royal Standard

02/05/2018

This week’s lost fuchsia is ‘Royal Standard‘, which was introduced in 1877 and we are hoping that our fuchsia detectives will help us to find more information about this historic cultivar.

Image of ‘Royal Standard’, From The Floral Magazine 1877

Description:
Current Status: Believed lost to cultivation
Year of Introduction: 1877
Flower Type: Single
Tube Colour: Bright Red
Sepals Colour: Bright Red
Corolla Colour: Plum Purple
Foliage Colour: Green

 

Additional Clues on where this cultivar has previously been listed to help our detectives:

B. S. Williams Catalogue, 1878

H. Cannell Catalogue, 1882 ‘Fine strong growing plant, one of the best for large plants

Laings Catalogue, 1890

Gardeners Chronicle, 1877

The Floral Magazine, 1877

Gardeners Oracle ‘Selection’, 1880-1881

We are hoping that our fuchsia detectives will find some information about this historic cultivar, through historical resources, such as the ‘Gardeners’ Chronicle‘ and nursery catalogues, if any of our detectives are living in Europe they could consult their own country’s historical journals, as we know James Lye’s fuchsias have appeared in German publications such as ‘Garten Zeitung‘.

Any information you can share with us (however small) will help us and other fuchsia detectives in the search.

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