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Lapageria rosea, Chilean Bellflower, Copihue

Lapageria rosea

Chilean Bellflower, Copihue
Family: Philesiaceae   (Formerly:Philesiaceae / Liliaceae)
Origin: Chile
Vine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdible

The national flower of Chile, where it is known as Copihue. The long-lasting, waxen blooms are very heavy in texture, and are most often (in cultivation) bright watermelon red, heavily overlayed with a darker netting - sometimes giving the flowers a checkered appearance, though all shades from white through pink, apricot and dark red are also popular, though lesser known in cultivation. The vines are laden with leathery, evergreen foliage and may attain heights of 10-feet or more, with an equal spread; blooming profusely late summer through fall. In their homeland, they are cut and sold in bunches along the roadside and at markets. The fruits, sweet and tender, are called 'cucumbers', are edible and have a most agreeable flavour.

Lapagerias prefer bright shade and cool, moist conditions with rather rich and loamy soil. Excellent for mild coastal climates where winters are not too harsh, needing protection from hard frost, or to be grown in large containers that may be moved to protection in the winter. Avoid dry heat and drought. Be sure to provide the plant with support on which it will self-twine. (Generally does well in climates where rhododendrons thrive.)

Propagation: From seed; stratify if sowing indoors. Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible.





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Lapageria rosea - seeds

Chilean Bellflower, Copihue. The national flower of Chile. The long-lasting, waxen blooms are very heavy in texture, and are bright watermelon red, heavily overlayed with a darker netting - sometimes giving the flowers a checkered appearance, though all shades from white through pink, apricot and dark red are also popular, though lesser known in cultivation. The vines are laden with leathery, evergreen foliage and may attain heights of 10-feet or more, with an equal spread; blooming profusely late summer through fall. In their homeland, they are cut and sold in bunches along the roadside and at markets. The fruits, sweet and tender, are called 'cucumbers', are edible and have a most agreeable flavor. Propagation from seed; stratify if sowing indoors. Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible.
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Melastoma melabathricum, Melastoma polyanthum, Melastoma sanguineum, Pink Tibouchina, Straits Rhododendron, Chinese Wild Peony, Indian rhododendron, Lasiandra, Pink Glory Bush

Melastoma melabathricum, Melastoma polyanthum, Melastoma sanguineum

Pink Tibouchina, Straits Rhododendron, Chinese Wild Peony, Indian rhododendron, Lasiandra, Pink Glory Bush
Family: Melastomataceae
Origin: Tropical Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

A beautiful bush growing in the filtered light of pine trees and oakes at higher altitudes with sub-tropical climate. The entire bush is used in local medicine to treat poisoning and to stop bleeding. Seeds of wild peony are germinating easy and the plants make a beautiful garden decoration. They can tolerate light frost





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Pieris sp., Pieris, Lily-of-the-valley shrub

Pieris sp.

Pieris, Lily-of-the-valley shrub
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: East Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

An evergreen shrub with year round interest, bright foliage color in spring, attractive flowers, and the additional feature of being suitable for containers. The growth habit is neat and compact and there's rarely any need for pruning. It's also an extremely suitable subject for this locality, preferring a slightly humid climate. Pieris require the same growing conditions as many rhododendrons. A fertile, humus-rich, lime-free or peaty soil that is moist but well-drained is ideal.





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Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry

Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus

Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: North America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeKeep soil moistPink flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.EdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Vaccinium macrocarpon is the major source of cultivated cranberries. It is an evergreen shrub growing under 1 ft and as wide as 3-4 ft at a medium rate. Best grown in damp, acidic (pH 4.0-5.2), organically rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Self-pollinating.

The commercially grown cranberry is a low-growing vine which is grown in wet bogs that periodically can be flooded to provide winter protection, control weeds and pests, and facilitate harvesting of the crop.

Cranberry can be grown in garden soil in somewhat the same manner as blueberries. It features fuchsia-pink flowers in spring which give way to bright red cranberries that mature in September-October. If massed, plants can form a carpet of green foliage. This plant can be grown for the food crop, as an ornamental or both.

Cranberries are typically subject to chlorosis problems if soil pH is too high.

Grow in the fruit or vegetable garden for the food crop. Ornamentally, may be grown as a small scale ground cover for sunny areas or in the shrub or mixed border in front of other acid-loving plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons.

It is very cold hardy (zone 3-9).



Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus, Large Cranberry, American Cranberry, Bearberry


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