Agapetes

Agapetes repens
ERICACEAE, The Heath family

This evergreen shrub with a trailing habit is my favorite thing in the shade house right now. It was grown for us by the brilliant folks at Xera. It would look great in a hanging basket or sprawling over a rock wall. The new growth is colored, and will stay that way if it’s planted in the sun, but it probably prefers a semi shaded location and can tolerate full shade. It’s hardy in zone (8?) 9-10 and has average water needs.

The pretty tube-shaped flowers have a chevron pattern on the fused red petals. (You know I’m a sucker for the geometric petal patterns.) Hummingbirds like it. There is also a white form, plus many other species out there, though this is one of the hardiest. I was first introduced to this genus when I saw a really fabulous shrub in the botanical garden in Vienna.

Agapetes (say ‘Ag-a-PEET-eez’) is native to Nepal. The name is from the Greek Agapetos, which means desirable or beloved. Why? It’s so charming and interesting and beautiful. The specific epithet refers to its wavy, serpent-like branching habit.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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