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Lapageria Species, Chilean Bellflower, Copihue

Lapageria rosea

Family: Philesiaceae
Genus: Lapageria (la-puh-JER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: rosea (RO-zee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Lapageria alba
Synonym:Lapageria hookeri
Synonym:Lapageria rosea var. albiflora
Synonym:Lapageria rosea var. rubra
Synonym:Philesia rosea


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cypress, California

Garden Grove, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California(2 reports)

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 14, 2013, myrtle1 from Cypress, CA wrote:

Ten years back, I discovered a small blooming lapageria rosea in the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery in a one-gallon pot. I planted it against a southwest-facing trellis with bright dappled shade in morning and late afternoon. Roots were in shade all day. We lived a mile east of the San Francisco Bay with temperate weather. The vine grew slowly but produced heavy but charming deep red-pink waxy blossoms.


On Dec 31, 2009, Bill_H from Garden Grove, CA wrote:

Lapageria is slow, but not difficult. Count on three years from seed to first flower. They will tolerate quite a bit of sun if the root run is kept shaded, cool, and damp. If you can grow Fuchsias, you can probably grow Lapageria.


On Dec 29, 2008, Vestia from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Lapageria is a collector's plant for those who live in cooler coastal parts of the Western U.S and similar climates. It is slow to grow, quick to decline, and prone to damage from pests. They HATE heat and humidity together. Even in the best climate zones for it, plants rarely thrive, and most who buy one in the Bay Area kill it in the first year or two.

Sorry to be a bummer, but I'm tired of explaining it to people who want the plant, but live in unsuitable climates, or are not experienced with odd forest plants from the temperate zones of the Southern Hemisphere.

IF you have extensive plant experience and live in one of the cooler milder climates learn what you can, try with an open mind, and be prepared for failure. Oh yes, you need a large measure of pat... read more


On Nov 12, 2007, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This woody climber originated in the rain forests of Chile (where it is their national flower) where it prefers its roots in shade and then it climbs up into the sunlight to flower in summer all the way thru to winter. It can grow up to 15 feet under cultivation and even higher in the wild. The flowers which are thick and waxy, hang down like 3 to 4 inch bells. They have 6 petals, 3 outer and 3 inner that form the bell shape. They prefer a slightly acid soil with regular watering. The temperate weather of the California coastal areas and Bay Area of California allow this subtropical vine to flourish.

I have had no problem growing several in the California Bay Area outside even when we have had uncharacteristically cold weather in the winter of 2006 which went down to 24 deg... read more


On Dec 18, 2006, Ursula from Santiago,
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

I provided this information in a forum and thought it would be useful to place it here as well.

Although I don't grow our National Flower, since I live in an apartment and the conditions in the big city are too hot and dry for this beauty, I will forward some interesting information for all Copihue (Lapageria rosea) lovers taken from my reference book (Flora Nativa de Valor Ornamental, Chile, zona sur by Dr. Paulina Riedemann and Dr. Gustavo Aldunate, ISBN 956-13-1827-X), plus some info I can provide.

First of all, this gorgeous vine is endemic to the cold rainforests that preceed the Patagonia. Since they grow under trees and trough shrubs, they never get frost. Copihues grow in light shadow/partial shadow, in humid, organically rich soils. This vine reach... read more


On Aug 26, 2005, eengland from San Diego & San Francisco, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is reputedly "the world's most beautiful flower". There are several colours available and Lapageria alba is the name given to the white variety to my understanding. This plant took me YEARS to track down and I have been propogating them fairly well here in southern California as well as San Francisco.

Truly, the foilage is quite delicate and lovely and the flowers ARE amazing and very striking. On some of the non-solid colours there is a bit of almost a herring-bone design in white and red if you look very closely at the petals. It has no noticable fragrance which bums me out severely but will fruit and I understand they eat this fruit in Chile where this is the national flower. The flower comes in solid red, red/white checkered, solid pink, white with bright r... read more


On Aug 24, 2004, RWhiz from Spring Valley, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Well, so far with my limited experience, the three small plants that I acquired are thriving. I received them just before the heat of summer, so I was concerned. One plant has already bloomed and another plant has just started to set a bud. Both of these plants have sent up new stems. I planted all three plants into very large clay pots and water them every other day. They are in a fairly heavy shaded area. They should do fine over the winter here in San Diego. I'm just surprised that their vigor held up so well during the heat of summer.



On Feb 12, 2004, NCplantsman from Raleigh, NC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Excellent container plant

My outdoor plant was stem hardy to 17 degrees F and was root hardy with mulch protection to 12 degrees F last winter. So far this winter season the plant has survived to 10 degress F with some leaf damage.

Prefers cool, rich, moist yet well-drained soil and shade in summer. New growth usually starts in winter inside a cool greenhouse (night temperatures in the 40s)

Flowers can change colour from one year to the next depending on nutrients and temperatures at the time of flowering.

Slugs are a problem especially on young tender growth.


On Nov 22, 2001, Baa wrote:

Evergreen, woody climber from Chile.

Has ovate, dark green leaves upto 5 inches long. Bears drooping bells of pink-red flowers.

Flowers June-October.

Likes a constantly moist but well drained, acid to neutral, humus rich soil in partial shade.

Is hardy down to 25F and appreciates some shelter from cold wind.

Can be grown indoors but is prone to more pest attack.