Lost Fuchsia: Emily Doel

This week’s lost fuchsia is ‘Emily Doel‘, which was introduced in 1882 and we are hoping that our fuchsia detectives will help us to find more information about this historic cultivar.  Does anyone know who Emily Doel was?


Current Status: Believed lost to cultivation

Year of Introduction: 1882

Flower Type: Single

Tube Colour: White

Sepals Colour: White

Corolla Colour: Rose

Foliage Colour: Unknown (suspected Green)

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

  • Gardeners Chronicle. Edition 6/9/1884 Exhibited at Trowbridge on 20/8/1884 by G Tucker.
  • Laings Catalogue. Circa 1890
  • H Cannell Catalogue. Page78, 1882

This cultivar sometimes appears as ‘Emily Doels’, we suspect that this is the same cultivar and a typographical error,  but we need evidence to prove this.  Are you able to help solve this?

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.