- Copihue, derived from the Mapudungun word kopiwe. That’s the language spoken by the Mapuche, the native inhabitants of the area where the Copihue grows.
- English speaking botanists refer to it as the “Chilean Bell flower” because of its bell-like shape.
- The European naturalists who traveled through Peru and Chile at the turn of the nineteenth century chose to give the Copihue the scientific name of “Lapageria Rosea”.
THE BEAUTIFUL COPIHUE
- The Copihue is a symbol of happiness, friendship and gratitude.
- Warriors venerated the flower as an emblem of courage and liberty
- It was also considered a symbol of love and therefore used in wedding ceremonies