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 Lapageria rosea

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-weather-loving vine are treasured by gardeners for their beauty.  As you can see, i love photographing this plant!

Chilean Bellflower

The 3" blooms of the Chilean Bellflower can vary between lipstick pink and rosy-red.  They have a gorgeous, white speckled pattern inside, and sometimes on the outside too.  For some reason the texture reminds me of cake frosting. 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.  The vine gracefully climbs its way up a trellis or fence, and looks absolutely stunning over an arbor!  The Chilean Bellflower has a long flowering season, from early spring through late fall.

Lapageria rosea

Lapageria rosea

Lapageria comes from the mountains of Chile, where temperatures are mild and nights are cooler.  It grows best between 40 and 85 degrees F., and may not thrive in warmer areas, especially if nights are warm.  It is reportedly hardy down to about 20 degrees, but try to protect it from temperatures below 30 degrees.  It can flower indoors if given some "chilling hours" below about 55 degrees in winter, and over 50% humidity.  The vine can potentially reach 20 feet long, although it's easily kept smaller by twining it around a trellis.

 Chilean Bellflower

Since it grows in the forests, it prefers tree-filtered sun.  It does not like prolonged direct sun.  It prefers moist, slightly acidic soil that's well-draining and low in lime.  If your tap water is high in minerals, it's best to use rainwater or bottled water.  If you can provide the right conditions, you'll find this is an easy to grow and long-lived vine.

Lapageria rosea

Since it grows in the forests, it prefers tree-filtered sun.  Shade it from strong afternoon sun.  It likes moist, slightly acidic soil that's well-draining and low in lime.  If your tap water is high in minerals, it's best to use rainwater or bottled water.  If you can provide the right conditions, you'll find this is an easy and long-lived vine.

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