It’s considered by many to be one of the most beautiful flowering vines in the world! The Chilean Bellflower – Lapageria rosea – was rightfully chosen as the national flower of Chile. The sumptuous flowers of this cool-climate vine are treasured by gardeners for their beauty. The lovely Pink Blush form shown here is very rare. Freshly picked seeds are almost never seen for sale.
The 3 inch long blooms of the Chilean Bellflower appear in large numbers throughout much of the year. The flowers may look delicate, but they’re surprisingly thick and durable, and often last for weeks on the vine. The glossy, heart-shaped leaves are also thick and sturdy. This vigorous vine gracefully climbs its way up a trellis or fence, and looks absolutely stunning over an arbor!
This pink form has darker shoulders that fade to a softer pink or white at the flared bottom. Cooler temperatures during flower development deepen the colors. The seedlings from this form will be somewhat variable, with different shades of pink, and possibly some nice streaks of dark pink down the petals. While the seedling color may be a bit unpredictable, there is no such thing as an ugly Lapageria!
Lapageria comes from the cool mountains of Chile, and grows best between 40 and 80 degrees F (5-27°C), with cooler nights. It might not thrive if temperatures consistently get above 85 degrees (30°C), particularly if nights are warm. If you can grow Fuchsia or Clivia, you should be able to grow Lapageria. Try to protect it from freezing temperatures, although it is said to tolerate down to the low 20s (-5°C) if given overhead protection. It may be grown indoors, if the air isn’t too dry (over 40% humidity is recommended). Give it something to twine itself around, like a trellis or wires.
Since it comes from the forests, it prefers tree-filtered sun. Shade it from strong afternoon sun. It prefers moist, slightly acidic soil that’s well-draining and low in lime. If your tap water is very high in minerals, it’s best to use rainwater or bottled water. If you can provide the right conditions, it is an easy and long-lived vine.
Stored seeds don’t germinate well, so i offer freshly picked seeds and established plants. Beware of fake seeds from China.
Detailed growing tips about this plant
Op-Ed: Chilean Bellflower — A delicacy plant from the southern forests Special
The Chilean bellflower (Lapageria rosea), commonly known as Copihue, is an evergreen climbing vine. It has oval, deep green leathery leaves. It reaches a height of about ten meters and grows tangled in shrubs and trees in high and misty areas in Chile’s coastal range and the Andes, between latitudes 33° S (Valparaiso) and 40° S (Osorno).
Copihue is the national flower of Chile. It was declared an official symbol of the country in 1977 and because of its vulnerability it is protected by law.
The plant blooms between March and May. It has bell-shaped waxy flowers, about 8 cm long, falling like pendulums. The most common variety has red flowers, but there are cultivars and hybrids bearing white, pink, raspberry-red and even burgundy flowers.An officer of the Agricultural and Livestock Service, Chilean Government, controls a young man selling copihue flowers on a main highway in southern Chile, Cutting of natural copihue flowers is allowed with certain restrictions. SoyTemuco In southern Chile, gathering wild flowers is authorized. They are sold accompanied by fern leaves on the roads and markets of many southern cities. The commercialization of this lovely flower is an important source of revenue for rural and indigenous communities. Copihue flowers are primarily decorative, but can also be eaten in salads and are used medicinally to treat certain conditions such as gout and rheumatism. The edible fruits known as “kolpiw” or “pepino” (cucumber) are sweet and are also sold in some southern villages of Chile. The flowers are pollinated by two species of hummingbirds. The plant was first described in 1802 by Spanish botanists Ruiz and Pavon. The scientific name, Lapageria rosea, was given in honor of the horticultural interests of Joséphine de Taschers of la Pagerie, the first wife of Napoleon I. Varieties of this beautiful vine have been introduced in Europe and the United States. Among the best are the collections of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England, and at the University of California’s Botanical Garden, Berkeley, United States. An interesting fact is that the vines twine counter-clockwise in the Southern hemisphere and clockwise when grown in the Northern hemisphere.
Lapageria Plant Care – How To Grow A Chilean Bellflower Vine
Lapageria rosea plants, also frequently called Chilean bellflowers, are native to the coastal regions of Chile. It is the national flower of Chile and named after Empress Josephine Lapagerie, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. It can’t be grown just anywhere, though, and takes some special care to flourish. Keep reading to learn more about Lapageria plant care and Chilean bellflower information.
Lapageria Plant Care
Lapageria rosea plants are long, spreading vines that can grow to 15 feet in length and spread just as wide. The leaves have a thick, leathery feeling that is shared by the flowers, which are 3-to 4-inch long pendulous bells that appear as red in nature but come in a range of colors in cultivation.
The Chilean bellflower vine is evergreen, but hardy only in USDA zones 9a through 11. It can handle some frost, but extended cold will kill it. If you live in a colder area, you can grow your Chilean bellflower vine in a container. The plants do very well in well-draining, well-watered pots.
How to Grow a Chilean Bellflower Vine
Lapageria rosea plants are native to the coastal regions of Chile and, as such, they grow best in similarly warm and humid climates. The closest approximation to this in the United States is the San Francisco Bay area of California, where growing Chilean bellflowers is common.
Wherever you grow it, Lapageria plant care takes a little bit of work. The plant prefers soil that is well draining but never dry, which means you may have to water it every day.
The plant grows best in full to partial shade, making a great addition to shade gardens.
The plant should blossom between July and December. The flowers may attract hummingbirds and, if pollinated, will produce a sweet, yellow fruit that is safe to eat though full of seeds.