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.
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.