Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-25 UPDATED X2!
Fuchsia Boliviana or Fuchsia Gartenmeister Bonstedt
Bolivian fuchsia or not (please see above)
Thanks to Plantidote readers (see comments), this former mystery plant has been identified -- twice! For more details on the second variety ('Bonsted'), check here.
Meanwhile, here's a look at the Boliviana's fruit. Judging by the copy, the fruit is edible but not all that tasty. Or weirdly tasty, something like that. The USDA zone recommendations seem to range from Zone 9 to 11, although one supplier noted that these plants do not like hot, dry summers; they prefer partial shade and cooler, California coastal weather (YAY!). The plants grow as high as 25 feet in the rainforest, which must be a spectacular sight! And I see there is another variety of Boliviana, "Alba," that's pretty wonderful but considered to be rare. Too bad it's hard to find -- it's really stunning.
Thanks for the help, everyone!
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