Louisiana Super Plants: Serenita Raspberry Angelonia

Heather Kirk-Ballard, Fields, Jeb S.

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Early Serenita Raspberry angelonia planting.

Serenita Raspberry Angelonia

(Angelonia angustifolia)

  • Recommended Use: Warm-season color bedding plant
  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Size: Height: 10 to 16 inches; width: 12 to 14 inches
  • Habit: Short height, mounding, trailing
  • Bloom Time: Late spring until frost
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Water Use: Average to low
  • Highlights: Very reliable performer in all areas of Louisiana; tolerates heat, humidity and drought well with long-lasting colorful blooms as a summer color bedding plant.


The Serenita angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia, Serenita Raspberry) is a herbaceous perennial grown as a warm-season color bedding plant in Louisiana. It is often referred to as summer snapdragon because its elegant flowers resemble an open-mouthed dragon. This plant grows as a bushy, spreading plant with narrow, dark green foliage and intense pink and lavender flowers with a darker center on spikes. They are vibrant and prolific bloomers from May through October and thrive in the summer heat and humidity. Serenita Raspberry angelonia is a gorgeous addition to the landscape and can be used as a border planting, a ground cover or as a plant for containers. It is also fantastic for attracting butterflies and bees.


  • Well-drained soil with pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
  • Full sun to partial shade throughout the day for best performance.
  • Requires regular watering weekly or more often in extreme heat to establish.

Growth Habit

  • Compact, spreading growth habit. Can grow up to 10 to 14 inches tall and 12 to 14 inches wide.
  • Can be grown as a colorful border planting, a ground cover or in a container.
  • Plant in late April. Spacing should be 12 to 15 inches. Massed effect spacing for plants 8 to12 inches apart.
  • Hardiness zones 8 to 11.
  • No pinching necessary for commercial production.

Care and Maintenance

Angelonia should have regular watering for best performance, but established plantings are moderately drought tolerant. Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

No pruning necessary, but periodic trimming is recommended to control the size and encourage healthy new growth.

A slow-release fertilizer incorporated into the soil at planting time will ensure uniform growth. Supplement the slow-release fertilizer with liquid feed as needed to keep plants looking their best.

Serenita Raspberry angelonia looks great in the landscape but also performs fantastically in containers.

No major pests or diseases have been identified for Serenita angelonia in Louisiana; however, watch for aphids, spider mites, whitefly and fungal disease, such as powdery mildew and root rot.

Can be seed-grown. Start seeds indoors about 10 to 12 weeks before the last spring frost date. Plants may also be purchased in spring from local nurseries and garden centers.

Deadheading is not required.

Deer and rabbit resistant.

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