Agapetes serpens

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Family:
Ericaceae (The Heath Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southeast Asia
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
1-3 feet high by 5 feet wide
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Spring
Flower Color:
Red
Exposure:
Light shade
Soils:
Light acid soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 20-25 degrees F.
An unusual low shrub related to the blueberries and huckleberries (Vaccinium). It has meandering branches neatly lined with narrow, glossy 3/4 inch leaves which are heavily tinged with red in new growth. Older branches carry many pendant dark red, tubular flowers in summer, with an occasional sprinkling at other times. A fine subject for shady plantings with ferns, and for large hanging baskets.