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Erica Genus

Heath

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH4.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Erica genus (Heath). These are evergreen, woody stemmed shrubs native to Africa and western Europe. The flowers are tubular-shaped and they will range in colour.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Heather

Origin

Europe, Africa , Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and foliage (the latter all year round). Suitable for coastal conditions.

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 by dropping in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to root rot.

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