Abelia Little Richard
Glossy Abelia grows in an upright-spreading vase shape if left unpruned with numerous thin stems arising from the ground. Stems eventually branch near their tips forming a shrub with a full top and a thin bottom. The cascading nature of Glossy Abelia makes it ideal for use as a specimen, foundation plant, shrub border, planted along a steep bank for erosion control, or it can be clipped into a hedge. This will help keep the plant full all the way to the ground.Foliage arises maroon fading to dark green, lending a reddish cast to the plant during active growth. The small powderpuff-pink flowers add color continuously during the warm months. This plant is considered mostly allergy free and causes little or no allergy problems in most people. In a few cases, skin rash has been noted by contact with foliage. Plants serve as butterfly nectar sources.Glossy Abelia enjoys fairly rich, moist but well-drained soil in a full sun or lightly shaded location and has good drought-tolerance. Plants become thin and unattractive in the shade and do not flower.