From Noels site Lapageria.com 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.
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):
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)
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)
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)
"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)
Blanco, White Cloud)
2 Nahuelbuta (Leon Grande, Big Lion)
4. Collinge (Mejilla
Roja, Red Cheeks, Dr Bullock)
5. Relmutral (Arco
de Iris de la Cascada, Rainbow of the Waterfall)
6. Contulmo (Sangre
de Toro, Oxblood)
8. Raimilla (Flor de Oro,
Flower of Gold)
El Vergel (Beautiful Garden, sometimes mistakenly called Pink Dawn)
10. Cobquecura (Pan de Piedra,
Bread of Stone)
11. Rayen (Flor, Flower,
also as womens name)
Colibri (Humming bird)
Toqui (Jefe de Caciques, Chief of the Caciques )
14. Ongol (Angol from the town of the same name)
16. Caupolican (Piedras
Preciosas, Precious Stone)
7, 17, 18, 19, 20 are not presently in my collection here at Roseland - I would be interested in acquiring any of them
Terra del Fuego
(Land of Fire)
Terres de Paine
(Mountains of Snow)