Agapetes are semi-climbing, evergreen shrub species native to the Himalayas.

A. serpens (below) grows to 40–60 cm tall. It is grown as an ornamental and has its attractive pendulous benches of red tubular flowers blooming over a long period. It is mostly grown in climates from cool temperate to sub-tropical.

A. ‘Ludgvan Cross’ is an evergreen shrub with arching branches bearing lance-shaped leaves up to 5cm long. Clusters of hanging, urn-shaped, pink flowers appear along the branches from spring to summer.

These plants should be planted in well-drained soil composed of equal parts loam, peat and coarse-sand. They are normally grown under glass.

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