Lapageria rosea
Common name: 
Chilean Bellflower
Copihue
Pronunciation: 
la-puh-JER-ee-uh RO-zee-uh
Family: 
Philesiaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen vine, may reach heights of over 30 ft (10+ m) by twining and climbing among shrubs and trees.  Leaves are simple, alternate, 6-12 cm long and 2.5 cm wide, ovate to lanceolate, glossy dark green, leathery, with 3-5 prominent parallel veins; petiole to 1 cm.  Flowers solitary or few clustered, pendulous, campanulate, short stalked, 6 petal-like waxy tepals in 2 whorls, 7-9 cm long, outer surface pink to magenta, crimson or white, often faintly spotted or streaked.  Fruit is an edible-berry, oblong to ovoid, green to yellow to brown, with many pale yellow to yellow-brown seeds.
  • Bright shade, regular water, rich, well-drained soil, best in high humidity and moderate summer temperatures.  Provide a climbing support such as a post, trellis or tree.

  • Hardy to USDA Zone 9      Native to the forests of southern Chile, being part of the Valdivian temperate rain forests flora.  It is the national flower of Chile.

  • Lapageria:  in honor of Josephine Tasher de la Pagerie, the wife of Napoleon, and a patron of gardening.

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