Lapageria is a half hardy perennial vine.
It flowers from the middle of summer to the autumn. and carries dark pink trumpet shaped flowers.
The foliage of Lapageria is sharply pointed, and of a leathery nature.
Some common names for the one member of the Lapageria genus include Chilean bell flower and Copihue.
Lapageria rosea by inao.
Plants perform best in warm humid climates. If you live in a cool region then grow them in containers and bring inside for the winter.
Copihue (Lapageria rosea)by Paul Lowry.
Chilean Bellflower by Paul Lowry.
Common Names: Copihue, Chilean Bell Flower.
Height: up to 390 inches (1000 cm); Vine.
Life Cycle: Half hardy perennial.
Native: Southern America.
Growing Region: Zones 8 to 10.
It is best to start off Copihue / Chilean bell flowers and other Lapageria plants indoors; only grow them if you live in a warm climate.
The Chilean bell flower should be sown in the autumn from fresh seeds; sow at a depth of 3 mm (1/8 inch) into a humus rich soil.
It can take anything from one to three months for the Lapageria to germinate at a temperature of 18 to 24 degrees centigrade (64 to 75°F).
Once germinated the Lapageria plants such as Copihue should be grown indoors for two years, then transplanted into the garden following the last possible frost of spring.
Ideally. they should be grown individually in a shady part of the garden — though the climate should be warm).
If you require more Copihue plants then cuttings can be taken in either spring or autumn.
The Lapageria genus is monotypic, containing only one species, Lapageria rosea, which is also known as Chilean bellflower or copihue.
Lapageria rosea can make a unique and attractive addition to gardens, particularly in hanging baskets or trellises where its vine habit and bell-shaped flowers can be showcased.
Being the sole species, Lapageria rosea (Chilean bellflower) is the one cultivated. It's renowned for its large, bell-shaped flowers and evergreen foliage.
While the Lapageria rosea is not particularly known for a strong fragrance, it's valued for its distinct, bell-shaped flowers.
Lapageria rosea prefers a sheltered, partially shaded location with rich, well-drained soil. It's not frost-hardy, so in cooler climates, it's best grown in a greenhouse or conservatory.
Currently, Lapageria rosea is not considered invasive in the USA.
If you need to remove a Lapageria plant, you can do so by carefully digging it out, ensuring you remove all roots to prevent it from re-growing.
The Lapageria genus, belonging to the Philesiaceae family, is native to the cool rainforests of Chile. Known for its large, bell-shaped flowers, the single species in this genus, Lapageria rosea, is Chile's national flower.
Lapageria prefers partial shade and well-drained, fertile soil. Regular watering is necessary for optimal growth. Propagation is typically achieved through seeds or cuttings, generally in the spring or summer.