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LAPAGERIA rosea

Commonly known as Chilean bellflower, Copihue

Fleshy pink flowers 3-4in long. Limited availability
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Seeds £8.00 per packet

  • Evergreen - ovate, dark-green leaves to 12cm (5in) long.
  • Shades of pink - All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
  • Height - 5m (16ft)
  • Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging - twining climber which spreads slowly by suckers. Produces fleshy flowers singly or in twos or threes in the upper leaf axils.
  • Will grow outside in milder locations - This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here. - if growing in greenhouse - ericaceous compost , added sharp sand, filtered light. Will not tolerate long periods of sunshine.
  • Against a wall
  • Partial shade - shelter from cold drying winds in frosty areas.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - a mid 1840s introduction by Cornish plant hunter William Lobb (1809-1864).
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, scale, mealybugs and thrips may be a problem particularly in the greenhouse
  • Place of origin - Chile
  • Flower Shape - Bell/Lantern - - oblong-bell-shaped to 9cm (3½in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - humus-rich.
  • Neutral to acid soil
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