The Main Plant entry for Abelias (Vesalea)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Flowers: Showy
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

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Location: Dragons, Chelmsford, Essex, UK.
Date: 2022-08-16
Location: San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-06
i think
Location: Willow Valley Communities Lakes Campus, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2019-10-02
Migrating monarch butterfly
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2017-07-20
much loved by bees
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2016-07-30
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: North Central TX Zone 8a
Date: 2017-12-12
Abelia facing west during sunset
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Rock Hill, SC.
Photo by Lonnie Huffman, with Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffin
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: May 23, 2022
Abelia #46 nn; LHB p. 944, 188-8, "Abelia bears the name of Dr. C
Location: Ft Worth Botanic, Tx
Date: 2017-11-18
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: May 23, 2022
Abelia #46 nn; LHB p. 944, 188-8, "Abelia bears the name of Dr. C

U. S. Geological Survey, Photo by JoJan
Location: Grapevine, Texas USA
Date: 2022-05-19
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-11-05
Branching to 8 ft. before pruning
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 8, 2020 11:17 AM concerning plant:
    The generic name of Abelia was given in honor of a certain Dr. Clarke Abel who was a physician and naturalist who collected seed and plants as part of a British expedition to China in 1827. About 30 species and hybrids native to East Asia and Mexico have been included in this genus, included in the Caprifoliaceae, the Honeysuckle Family. In 2013 it was proposed after some molecular phylogenic studies that Abelia and some similar genera be included into the genus of Linnaea. Normally in the taxonomy of plants I am a "lumper" and not a "splitter;" however, I and a number of other horticulturists just won't be agreeing with this change. I'm sure the nursery plant catalogues will continue to be written with the word Abelia as to the scientific name. I do wonder what the Chinese name would be for this, as that might be best.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 9:13 PM concerning plant:
    "Abelia is a genus of about 15-30 species and many hybrids in the honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae. Some authors, including the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group, consider Abelia and related genera to belong instead in the segregate family Linnaeaceae, also including such genera as Linnaea, Abelia, Dipelta, Kolkwitzia, and Zabelia, but not such others as Lonicera or Symphoricarpos, included by them instead in a more narrowly viewed Caprifoliaceae.

    Abelias are popular garden shrubs. The most widely grown is the hybrid Abelia x grandiflora (Glossy Abelia; hybrid Abelia chinensis x Abelia uniflora). This is a rounded, spreading, multi-stemmed shrub with gracefully arching branches to 1-1.8 m tall, with ovate, glossy, dark green semi-evergreen leaves to 2–6 cm long, and clusters of white-tinged-pink, bell-shaped flowers to 2 cm long.

    Abelia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species (see list of Lepidoptera that feed on Abelia), and also serve as a nectar source for some insects."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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