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Erica australis ‘Riverslea’

Spanish heath

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Features

  • BloomsApril to June
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.5m
  • Growth HabitUpright arching
  • Flower ColourPurple-pink
  • Leaf ColourMedium green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Erica australis ‘Riverslea’ (Spanish heath). Produces clusters of bright purplish-pink flowers in mid-spring to early summer.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Heath

Origin

Portugal, Spain and Tangiers.

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed or from cuttings in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to root rot.

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