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Agapetes serpens 'Nepal Cream'
Agapetes serpens 'Nepal Cream'

Family: Ericaceae
Hardiness: to Zone 9a
Mature Size: 3'
Exposure: Part Sun- Light Shade
Bloom Time: Mar-July
Moisture Needs: Moist to Average
Origin: Himalaya
Price: $15.00
Pot Size: Medium Band Pot

Stock Status:(Out of Stock)
Product Code: P3746

This species is one of the easiest to grow and in the wilds of the Himalaya would be found as an epiphyte hanging out on the mossy trunks and branch crotches in essentially cloud forest conditions. In its typical expression, this sports red flowers but in this unusual variant, the flowers are creamy white followed by edible pale lavender fruit and its alliance with Vaccinium (blueberries) is easy to see.  Eventually this will form a rounded woody caudex above ground called a lignotuber which is a food and water storage adaptation to coping with the vagaries of life in the canopy.  Very easy to grow and will tolerate short exposure to light frost but best no colder than zone 9.  We had one old 25 year old plant of typical Agapetes serpens which necessitated keeping the greenhouse door ajar so the hummingbirds could enjoy its flowers but it was taking a fair bit of space for a hobby plant in a working greenhouse so when someone we liked made us an offer we couldn't say no especially with the addendum that we could visit our baby anytime.  We are starting over with propagations from it and we expect to grow it and  'Nepal Cream' on to similar proportions.