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Daboecia × scotica

Heath

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Features

  • BloomsMay to October
  • Height0.2m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitIrregular tuft
  • Flower ColourWhite-green, pink, red-purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Daboecia × scotica (Heath). A hybrid cross between 'azorica' and 'cantabrica' species. Is a compact evergreen shrub to 50cm high and 35cm across. Elliptic to oval leaves are dark green above and silvery beneath. Bears racemes of cup-shaped white-green, pink, red-purple flowers from late spring to mid autumn.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and foliage (the latter all year round). Ground cover.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHumus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Seed in spring for species or for cultivators by softwood cuttings, division or layering in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Root rot.

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