"How in the hell do you spell the word fuchsia?" Have you said to yourself every time it has come up when writing to your spouse or friend.
We have all frequently seen our neighbour write it this way: fushia plant. It is true that this spelling seems to be the most logical. We think, the origin of this plant is surely not French, so it must surely be spelled in an exotic way.
But it is also often spelled as: fuschia or fuchia. In this way, we instinctively make the link with a hypothetical German origin. And that's a good thing, because the fuchsia plant takes its name from an eminent Bavarian professor of medicine who taught from 1501 to 1566 in Tübingen: Leonhart Fuchs. This physician-botanist founded the first German botanical garden, created his own plant classification and, in the process, wrote some 500 books! If you want to know more about the origin of the word fuchsia, our History page should enlighten you.
That's it! No more excuses for writing the word 'hybrid fuchsia' or 'flower fuchsia' the wrong way!