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.