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Lapageria rosea AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub, Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Red in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Chilean bellflower

Family

Philesiaceae


Lapageria is a twining climber, with ovate, evergreen leaves and large, pendent, waxy-textured, narrowly bell-shaped flowers in summer and autumn

L. rosea is a twining medium-sized evergreen climber with leathery ovate leaves and pendulous, waxy deep rose-pink, bell-shaped flowers up to 7.5cm in length

Other common names

  • copihue

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • West-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Ideal climber for a mild, shady garden, especially in acid to neutral soil. Protect from cold drying winds and provide support. It can also be grown indoors in a large container

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 after flowering or leave unpruned

Pests

Can get aphids, mealybugs, scale insects and tortrix moth

Diseases

Generally disease free