A highlight of last year’s trip to Chile was seeing all of the members of the Philesiaceae in the wild–all two of them! The viny Lapageria rosea has previously been featured on BPotD; this is its scrambling shrub-like relative, austral bellflower or coicopihue.
The easiest way to tell the two apart? Philesia has three prominent petals with smaller brownish sepals (as shown in today’s photograph), while Lapageria has six tepals (i.e., the petals and sepals look somewhat similar). In the wild, habitat was also a clue, with Philesia preferring moister, boggier conditions compared to the mesic and warmer conditions required by Lapageria. For local gardeners, it should be possible to grow Philesia magellanica outdoors with no additional protective measures.
The petals of coicopihue are seemingly edible (I felt guilty for doing so, but one must try what one is offered). I could see it being used as a garnish, with its slightly spicy-flowery flavour.