I first remember seeing this vine in bloom at a local rare plant nursery and knew I had to have one! None were available immediately, so I put my name on a long waiting list and was finally able to acquire one for my personal collection. I am pleased to now offer these vines for sale at Peacock Horticultural Nursery.
Botanically named for Napoleon’s empress Lapagerie, the common name (Chilean Bellflower) reflects its heritage as the national flower for Chile.
Lapagerias are wiry evergreen vines with leathery, deep green leaves that can twine up to 15 feet. The dazzling beauty of the these vines is the 4″ waxy red bell-shaped flowers that open from summer to fall. Varieties offer flower color ranging from dark red to pure white, with various shades in between, to a beautiful picotee selection with white flowers with red edges. Flowers will often have a stippling of white. While most of hybrid seedlings produce flower colors in various hues of red, the less common white forms are possible, but they are all stunning flowers.
Lapergeria vines grow best in bright shade in a rich well drained soil. I have successfully grown these in my USDA zone 8b garden with some protection from frost. They also do well in a large pot that you could then move to protection in areas with harsh winters.