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Himalayan Lantern*

Agapetes serpens

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Himalayan Lantern (Agapetes serpens) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Himalayan Lantern flowers

Himalayan Lantern flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7


An outstanding variety that is an elegant arching leafy shrub that produces gorgeous chains of crimson flowers in spring; deffinitely an eye catcher in the garden and facinating up close

Ornamental Features

Himalayan Lantern features dainty nodding crimson bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage. The small glossy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Himalayan Lantern is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Himalayan Lantern is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Himalayan Lantern will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features