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Agapetes serpens, Vaccinium serpens

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 Agapetes serpens, Vaccinium serpens
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Himalayas
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Produces a large woody tuber at the base from which long arching branches delicately lined with thin leaves. Pendulous pale red tubular flowers hang along the stems in winter. The flowers have an interesting chevron pattern, and almost resemble little Chinese lanterns. After flowering, attractive berries appear that look like lavender pearls.

Agapetes comes from the cool foothills of the Himalayas, where temperatures range from about 32 to 80 degrees F, with cool nights. Can grow without soil as a epiphyte.


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 Agapetes serpens, Vaccinium serpens

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