AGAPETES serpens

Grows up to 6ft eventually with bright red flowers and darker markings on pendent slender branches, like small lanterns. Tender except in the mildest areas
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Small, crowded, lance-shaped leaves to 2cm (¾in) long, rich green and glossy.
  • Red
  • Height
    60-90cm (24-36in)
  • Spread
    2-3m (6-10ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Initially erect, then arching shrub. Produces usually solitary, narrowly urn-shaped flowers 2cm (¾in) long from the leaf axils. Flowers have V-shaped darker red markings.
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse
    Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Against a wall
  • Partial shade
    Tolerates some sun if grown well

AGAPETES serpens

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Can be 6-10ft if trained as a climber. If grown under glass use ericaceous potting compost in bright, filtered light.
    Pests & Diseases
    Scale insects
    Place of origin
    Nepal, Bhutan, India (Assam)
  • Flower Shape
  • Hardiness
    Half hardy (down to 0)
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 6
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
    Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
    When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.

    RHS group 9 & 11
    Keep pruning to a minimum
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Moderately fertile
    Neutral to acid soil
    Benefits from added composted bark
Agapetes - Growing Guide
60-90cm (24-36in)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  2-3m (6-10ft)

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