Lapageria rosea, commonly known as Chilean bellflower or Copihue, is a large flowering vines comes from the rainforests of South America. Lapageria rosea is the national flower of Chile. The plants can grow more than 30 feet in their natural habitat and have large white, pink or red flowers that hang from the plant, suspended from the vine high above the forest floor. While Lapageria rosea is very rare in the plant trade, it is slowly becoming more common as it grows well in home gardens, if provided with the right care, in according to the University of California Berkeley.
Range and Description
In the wild Lapageria rosea is found only in a narrow spot rainforest between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountian Rage on the west coast of Chile. It is only between 30 and 45 degrees north latitude is found in Chile, according to UC Berkeley. Lapageria rosea is a vine that. Up through shrubs in the trees in the forest in search of patches of light The plant produces large trumpet-shaped flowers 3 to 4 inches in diameter. In home gardens, the plant is hardy to USDA zone 9, according to the University of California.
Despite the investment in the rare trade, Lapageria rosea is a hardy plant that has many uses in home gardens. The woody vines are easily trained to grow trees on a grid or on a trellis against a wall. Lapageria rosea grow best in acidic soils that are rich in organic matter, and if the roots are shaded from the sun by a thick layer of mulch. The plant prefers moist sites under trees, near water or along the coast.
Modification of the soil your growing place with rich organic matter. Equal parts of peat moss, fine bark chips, and leaf mold to improve soil drainage and additional nutrients needed to facilitate healthy growth for Lapageria rosea plants in your landscape. Lapageria rosea grows well when planted in potting soil container with the extra addition of perlite to the soil mixture.
Lapageria rosea is a hardy plant that does not require much additional care once established in the garden. The plants may have a difficult time growing in consistently warm conditions, and require a period of cold weather with temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, to bloom. However, the plants should be protected from freezing cold to prevent damage in home gardens. Lapageria rosea is sensitive to soil pH changes, so if your tap water is rich in minerals, water filtering should prevent the addition of lime to the soil more alkaline could.