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Lapageria rosea
Family:Philesiaceae
Endemic
Excellent ornamental value (A +)
Height: 10 m.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile). The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores. Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month). In shadow. Steep slopes facing south or a vegetation cover which filters 40 - 80 % of light. In deep shadow. Deep ravines facing south with additional shadow from trees, or where there is a very dense vegetation cover which gives 80 - 100 % shadow (for instance, the Valdivian forests)
Shrub Climber Average germination, 30 - 60 % Red, 6 petals
Edible plant Industrial Use
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Because these seeds can not be stored for long times (they are recalcitrant), these seeds are available only during the following period: February-June
These seeds are generally restocked in: February

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One packet contains at least 40 seeds.

This is probably the most famous Chilean plant, the bell flower. It is the National Flower of Chile. It generally comes is red-pinkish color, and very rarely one can find in nature albine flowers as well. The fruits are edible and have pleasant sweet taste, especially when they are not yet ripe. The ripe fruits have hard seeds, and eating becomes rather complicating.
This plant is known to be very delicate and difficult to germinate. This ill fame stems from the fact that the seeds are generally sold dry, and it is very difficult to bring them back to life. If you start out with fresh, wet seeds, the story is quite different: at least about 50 - 60 % of all seeds germinate" To germinate successfully, plant seeds in very acid soil (pH about 5), expose to cold for about 30 days and then allow to germiante at +15 +20 C. After germinating the seeds, the maintaining of the seedlings becomes complicated: they need shade from sun, a lot of humidity and watering, acid soil, moderate temperatures, and they do not tolerate transplanting (if you do it, you must be extremely careful not to damage the roots"). So keeping these plants is not for everybody. If you are doing everything aboslutely correctly expect first flowers in about three-four years, but otherwise it may take almost a decade.