Fuchsia is a genus of shrubby, flowering plants in the Onagraceae, the Evening Primrose family, of the order Myrtales. Besides Fuchsia, it includes a number of other popular garden plants, such as evening primroses (Oenothera), white gaura (Gaura lindheimeri), or mountain garland (Clarkia unguiculata). The widely distributed fireweed or rosebay willow herb (Epilobium angustifolium) is also a common weed in gardens.
Most species in this genus are found in Central and South America. Additionally, two species occur on the island of Hispaniola, three in New Zealand and one in the highlands of Tahiti.