- Scientific name: Lapageria rosea
- Family: Philesiaceae
- Also known as: Copihue
Evergreen climber with thick wiry stems up to 10m long. Leaves dark green, leathery, arranged alternately along the stem. Flowers hanging down (pendulous), short-stalked, flesh-pink to crimson and sometimes spotted with white. Fruits many-seeded, edible berries. Pollinated by hummingbirds.
- The waxy blooms of this climber are the national flower of Chile, where it grows in cool mountains and is pollinated by hummingbirds.
- Try growing this plant either in a conservatory or in your garden if protected by a partially shaded and sheltered wall. It can withstand temperatures to -5°C and prefers a moist acidic soil.
Where it grows
Grows in the humus-rich, lime-free soil in the forests of Southern Chile. Humus is organic matter made up of decomposing plants, animals and/or animal products.