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Daboecia azorica

St Dabeoc's heath

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.15m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.25m to 0.38m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourRed-pink
  • Leaf ColourDark green silver

Description

Daboecia azorica (St Dabeoc's heath). This is the less widely grown and less frost-hardy species. Has a low, prostrate or trailing habit to 40cm wide and 20 cm tall. Grows best in the milder parts of cool-temperate zones. Small leaves are dark green-silver and elliptical shaped. They have a white down beneath. The red-pink flowers are borne in racemes in early summer.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Heather, Heath

Origin

The Azores

Interest and use

This variety does not like a lime soil.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

After flowering each year the plants can be lightly pruned to keep a bushy and compact habit.

Propagation

From cuttings, but they do produce fertile seed which may breed true to type.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Root rot.

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