Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, at home in the wild.
Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica

Chilco, at Home in the Wild

That’s the Spanish name for this, the Hummingbird or Hardy fuchsia. I’ve seen several pre- and post-bloom examples of fuchsia magellanica over the past week, so was thrilled to spot this one yesterday along the one-kilometer path to the base of the Serrano Glacier in the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park near the southernmost reaches of Chile.

fuchsia magellanica, at the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile
Fuchsia magellanica

Its cultivars and hybrids are widely cultivated elsewhere where it’s sold to attract hummingbirds and as an ornamental plant, but Argentine and Chilean Patagonia is its primary setting in the wild. Near the shores of the Ultima Esperanza, or Last Hope Sound, I was told, where it can reach three meters in height, is where it feels particularly at home.

Below is another, seen in El Calafate, Argentina, near the shores of Lago Argentino.

 

Fuchsia magellanica, in El Clafate
Fuchsia magellanica, in El Calafate

 

These below, and the featured image at top, were spotted along the Enchanted Forest Trail in Queulat National Park, Patagonia, Chile. It’s a trail that lives up to its name.

No shortage of Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, along the Enchanted Forest Trail
No shortage of Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, along the trail
Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, Queulat National Park
I didn’t tire of admiring fuchsia in the wild
Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, at home in the wild
Chilco, or fuchsia magellanica, at home in the wild in Queulat National Park, Patagonia, Chile

 

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