Chile in Seattle
1) Alstroemeria sp.
- Commonly called Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas.
- The genus was named after Swedish baron, Claus von Alstroemer (1736-1794) by his close friend, Carolus Linnaeus.
- Beautiful drifts grace the Chilean Gateway.
2) Gunnera tinctoria
- Sometimes referred to as Chilean rhubarb or dinosaur food.
- The leaves can grow up to 2.5 meters across.
- Several large clumps dot the Chilean Gateway hillside.
3) Lobelia tupa
- Its latex is used as an hallucinogen, which may explain its common name, Tobaco del Diablo.
- The flowers are red, tubular and two-lipped and are produced in a sympodium pattern.
- This wonderful perennial is in full bloom in the abundant Chilean Gateway Garden.
4) Calceolaria integrifolia
- Its puffy flowers give it its common names Slipperwort, Pocketbook Plant, Pouch Flower or Lady’s Slipper.
- Can be transient in the garden because it is somewhat tender.
- One big poofy plant is blooming profusely in the Chilean Gateway.
5) Luma apiculata
- Also known as Chilean myrtle. The Mapuche Native Americans call it “Kelumamull” or Orange Wood.
- It is a slow-growing, evergreen tree with abundant white flowers and beautiful orange-grey bark.
- We are fortunate to have several nice specimens in the Chilean Gateway planting.