Apartment plants

Lapageria rosea

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Lapageria rosea is a climbing shrub native to Chile. It has thin stems, which stretch up to about two meters in height, very branched; the evergreen leaves are ovate, dark green in color, thick and leathery. From late spring to early autumn it produces many large flowers, up to 8-10 cm long, in the shape of an elongated trumpet, pendulous; the flowers of lapageria rosea can be red, white or bright pink, but there are numerous hybrids, even with speckled flowers. The petals are waxy and thick. They produce small rounded, edible fruits with a sweet taste. Much cultivated in its country of origin, it has long been known also in Europe, but it has never had the success it deserves as a houseplant.


Exposure

It is grown in a shady but very bright place; it fears the direct rays of the sun, and in the warm months it can be grown outdoors, completely in the shade. The lapageria fear temperatures of many degrees below zero, but it is possible to grow them outdoors in regions with mild winters, placing them sheltered from a wall.

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