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.