Chilean bellflower Lapageria rosea

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Chilean bellflower


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

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Chilean Bellflower, Copihue

    • Common names

      Philesia rosea.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      10 feet (3 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (1 meter)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Lapageria rosea, commonly known as Chilean bellflower, is a climbing vine with attractive, bell-shaped flowers that provide aesthetic appeal to gardens and landscapes.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: Its flowers offer nectar that can attract pollinators such as hummingbirds, contributing to local biodiversity.
    • Cultural Symbol: The Chilean bellflower is the national flower of Chile, holding significant cultural importance and symbolizing the beauty of the country's natural flora.
    • Educational Interest: As a plant with unique characteristics, the Chilean bellflower can be used for botanical education and plant biology studies, fostering an appreciation for plant diversity.
    • Conservation Value: As a native plant of Chile, cultivating Lapageria rosea contributes to the preservation of its species, and raises awareness about the importance of protecting native flora and habitats.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Lapageria rosea, commonly known as the Chilean bellflower, can be used in specialized landscaping, particularly in shaded woodland gardens, to provide a unique aesthetic with its bell-shaped flowers.
    • Chilean bellflower vines can be trained to grow over arbors or trellises, providing a decorative and natural shade canopy in garden designs.
    • The durable, twining stems of the Chilean bellflower can be utilized by artisans for basket weaving and creating other handcrafted items.
    • Due to its rarity and beauty, the Chilean bellflower has become a symbol of pride and is used in cultural ceremonies in Chile, including being gifted as a representation of admiration and respect.
    • In gastronomy, the Chilean bellflower has potential use as an ornamental garnish for high-end dishes due to its striking appearance, though it is not commonly used in this manner.
    • Its flowers can serve as a natural source of dye for textiles, imparting subtle colors, although this is not a widely recognized use of the plant.
    • The Chilean bellflower can be employed in educational settings such as botanical gardens for instructional purposes about pollination and habitat, due to its specific pollinator relationships.
    • Floral enthusiasts might cultivate the Chilean bellflower for the challenge it presents, using it to compete in horticultural shows and competitions.
    • Photographers and artists often use the Chilean bellflower as a subject in their work to capture and illustrate the diverse flora of the world.
    • The tough leaves of the Chilean bellflower can provide modest coverage and protection for small garden creatures, such as frogs and beneficial insects, which utilize the foliage as a habitat.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Chilean Bellflower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Chilean Bellflower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • National Pride: As the national flower of Chile, the Copihue, also known as Lapageria rosea, represents the country's natural beauty, heritage, and national pride.
    • Determination: The Copihue is a climbing plant that shows resilience and determination as it grows upward, often symbolizing the aspiration to overcome challenges.
    • Rarity and Value: Due to its rarity and splendid appearance, the Copihue is often seen as a symbol of preciousness and high value, representing something to be treasured and protected.
    • Love and Passion: The vibrant colors of the Lapageria rosea, including deep reds and pinks, can symbolize deep love and passion, making it a symbol of romantic emotions.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-4 years
Late winter-early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Chilean bellflower should be watered thoroughly, ensuring the soil remains moist but not waterlogged. Typically, it should be watered once a week with about 1 gallon of water, but this may vary depending on climate and soil conditions. Increased frequency of watering may be necessary during hot, dry periods. Always check the top inch of the soil; if it feels dry, it's time to water. During winter, reduce watering to when the soil becomes dry to the touch.

  • sunLight

    The Chilean bellflower thrives in partial shade to filtered sunlight. The ideal spot is one where morning sunlight gently warms the plant, but where it's protected from the harsh afternoon sun. Avoid placing it in full shade as this can inhibit flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Chilean bellflower does best in cool to moderate temperatures, ideally between 50°F and 75°F. It can survive minimum temperatures down to around 32°F but should be protected from frost. Its ideal growing conditions do not include extreme heat; thus, temperatures above 80°F may stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Chilean bellflower to maintain its shape and remove any dead or damaged stems. This is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Occasional pruning also encourages healthier blooms. It doesn't require heavy pruning, so only light trimming is needed annually.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Chilean Bellflower thrives in rich, well-draining soil with a pH of 5.5-6.5. A mix of peat, perlite, and pine bark suits it well, ensuring moisture retention and aeration.

  • plantRepotting

    Chilean Bellflower requires repotting every 2-3 years, preferably in spring, to replenish soil nutrients and room for growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Chilean Bellflower prefers high humidity levels, ideally between 70-80% for optimal growth and flowering.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright, indirect light, high humidity, and cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Part shade, sheltered from wind, in moist fertile soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Lapageria rosea, commonly known as the Chilean bellflower, begins its life as a seed that germinates within a few weeks to several months, provided it has the right conditions of moisture and temperature. Once germinated, the seedling develops into a slow-growing vine with evergreen leaves, establishing a root system before significantly gaining height or producing flowers. In its juvenile stage, the Chilean bellflower focuses on vegetative growth, which can take several years before the first flowers appear. The mature vine eventually produces its characteristic waxy, bell-shaped flowers, which are typically red, but can also be pink or white, mainly during the summer months. Following pollination, which is often aided by hummingbirds, the plant produces elongated green fruit with seeds that can be dispersed to propagate the species. The life span of Lapageria rosea can extend over many years, during which the vine can continue to flower annually if provided with adequate conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late winter-early spring

    • The Chilean Bellflower, more formally known as Lapageria rosea, is best propagated during spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. The most popular method of propagation is by seeds. Fresh seeds have the highest germination rate and should be sown as soon as they are ripe in a mix of peat and sand or a well-draining seed starting mix. The container with seeds should be kept at a temperature of 55-64 degrees Fahrenheit (13-18 degrees Celsius), which encourages germination. Cover the seeds lightly with the growing medium and maintain consistent moisture without overwatering. As they are slow to germinate, patience is required; it might take several months up to a year for seedlings to appear. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, they can be carefully potted on into individual containers.

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