Chilean Bellflower

15 Sep

Chilean Bellflower (Lapageria rosea), evergreen, spreads to over 15 ft., climbs by twining stems, supply support, rosy-red 3 in. long bell-shaped flowers, blooms sporadically spring through fall, part shade, slow to establish, extremely rare but usually available at the U.C. Botanical Garden.

The national flower of Chile. Likes high humidity, moderate summer temperatures. Slender stems twine to 10–20 ft. Glossy, leathery, oval leaves to 4 in. long. Blooms off and on through late spring, summer, and fall. Beautiful, 3-in.-long, rosy red, pendent, bell-shaped flowers (frequently spotted with white) have unusually heavy, waxy texture; hold up as long as 2 weeks after cutting. Good vine for post, trellis, or tree trunk. Give it wind protection and loose, well-drained, organically enriched soil. Protect from snails and slugs.

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