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Plants held at Roseland House From Noels site 2003 (with updates in italics)


The genus Lapageria is represented by a single species, Lapageria rosea. True to its Latin description, the flowers of wild populations are predominantly a rosy red. However, particularly in the cultivars, there are many variations in flower color, ranging from the deepest oxblood-red to purest white streaked with green. The palette covers a spectrum of hues, including pomegranate red, pale rose pink, flesh pink, creamy yellow, and ivory. Many cultivars exhibit lighter spots on a darker ground or, though more unusual, dark spots on a light ground. Some even exhibit what have been described as "blue" spots (which are really closer to a dark violet). In addition to spots, some cultivars show streaks of color along the petal edges. I am currently growing a seedling created by Sarah Wikander of U.C. Berkeley which could be described as a "silvery lilac-pink," similar in this quality to a "Sterling Silver" rose. I hope that this color remains stable as the plant matures.

History and natural range
Elbert E Reed of El Vergel
Christian Lambs article
Carlos Rendon at Berkeley
Rennie Moffat
Propagation methods
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Flowers also vary greatly in size, quantity produced in a cluster, and, in the case of one cultivar, Quelipichum, number of petals. As far as I know, this is the only semi-double Lapageria, though it is rumored that there exists a double white. All plants exhibit a tendency to change flower color over the course of the year (it seems to be linked both to temperature and intensity of the light), becoming lighter or darker.

The following list of cultivars is broken down by origin.

The English Cultivars

(as described by Rennie Moffat):

Nash Court

An old (1884) red variety with much larger flowers than Lapageria rosea.


Another red variety named by me (Rennie Moffat). The flowers are very similar in form with little reflex of the petals and the foliage is much more lanceolate than others I know.

Picotee (correctly Wisley Picotee)

A plant from the R.H.S, garden at Wisley. White with pink picotee around the edges of the petals. ( now know to be the same as Collinge)

Wisley Spotted

Another R.H.S. garden plant. White flowers with pink spots. The R.H.S. garden sent me material to propagate for them of these two plants as they had been unable to do so. (now known to be Nahuelbuta)

Beatrix Anderson

A red-flowered variety with much white spotting on the outside and named after the wife of the late E.B. Anderson (President of the Alpine Garden Society). Grown from wild-collected seed. (The name Beatrix is on the original plants original label and therefore the correct name, however other plants named after Mrs Anderson are called Beatrice)

Flesh Pink 
A pale pink variety grown from seed of a wild white.

"These last two (Beatrix Anderson and Flesh Pink) were grown from seedlings given to me by the late E.B. Anderson. He had them sent from Magellan. They were named by me. I did grow a number of other whites and reds, but there was very little variation and (they were) not worth separate names."

Information on the English cultivars is excerpted from a November 10, 1995, letter from Rennie Moffat, who established Penheale Nursery near Cornwall, England.

The Chilean Cultivars

These cultivars originated at El Vergel Nursery in Southern Chile. (information and numbers from their catalogue)

1 Ligtromu (Nube Blanco, White Cloud)
A pure white of reasonable substance and vigour, there is a tiny spot of colour on the shoulders and the petals recurve well

2 Nahuelbuta (Leon Grande, Big Lion)
A mostly white flower with the interior petals stained violet in a stippled pattern, leaves somewhat curled

3. Colcopiu (Copihue)
Common red with some spotting.

4. Collinge (Mejilla Roja, Red Cheeks, Dr Bullock)
A white flower with the borders of the petals with red edges and a stippling of Red; while it has smallish flowers the production is abundant. (Collinge was the indians nickname for Dr Bullock; it means Red Cheeks)

5. Relmutral (Arco de Iris de la Cascada, Rainbow of the Waterfall)
A good white with red edges; a big flower and good grower

6. Contulmo (Sangre de Toro, Oxblood)
The flower is very intense red, the most intense of all flowers to date, there are few spots, like many forms this lightens and changes form in hot weather

7. Aicapan
Pure white, large flower with thick petals. 

8. Raimilla (Flor de Oro, Flower of Gold)
Cream or ivory white, changes in hot weather.

9. El Vergel (Beautiful Garden, sometimes mistakenly called Pink Dawn)
A medium flesh pink, originated in El Vergel. The color is soft and exceptional. (Sometimes also called Flesh Pink but this is not the same as the UK plant of 'Flesh Pink')

10. Cobquecura (Pan de Piedra, Bread of Stone)
White, tinted with salmon ink especially on the shoulder; like many others the colour is noticeably stronger in cooler weather Special.

11. Rayen (Flor, Flower, also as womens name
Large, thick soft pink flowers. Color is scarcely visible during the hot months, but is fresher in the cooler months. A notable type. (It is thought the original plant at Berkeley came from the Montenegro collection but because its label had been lost it was re named at the garden Exquisita which means Blush)

12. Colibri (Humming bird)
Pale pink, medium-sized, thick flower. The plant is vigorous and floriferous.

13. Toqui (Jefe de Caciques, Chief of the Caciques )
Pure white, large, elongated flower, very pretty.

14. Ongol (Angol from the town of the same name)
almon pink. Very large flower. The newest. (at the time - from a seedling raised at the nursery)

15. Quelipichum
Red, double flower with up to nine petals.

16. Caupolican (Piedras Preciosas, Precious Stone)
A strong red, very large flower. Plant is very vigorous. For the size of its flower alone, it is worth growing

17. Colipan
White, sprinkled with blue spots, standing out more toward the edges of the petals,

18. Puren
Strong pink, vigorous plant.

19. Cheuguecura
Soft pink, flower resembles No. 9. Flowers are large and paired.

20. Malleco
Strong red, large flower, large and lustrous leaves.

7, 17, 18, 19, 20 are not presently in my collection here at Roseland - I would be interested in acquiring any of them

A pale to mid pink who's colour is much effected by temperature, very free flowering, came from seed collected at Tregrehan and sown at Roseland, named by me after my wife.

A good clean white with long flowers from Chile, origins not known.

Pink Panther
Pale pink, medium sized flowers from Chile, origins unknown

Terra del Fuego (Land of Fire)
Large well shaped red flowers, from Chile origins unknown

Terres de Paine (Mountains of Snow)
A white, (mine has twice turned out to be red flowered) Chile, origins unknown. I doubt that this plant exists