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Erica gracilis

Irish heath

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Features

  • BloomsSeptember to March
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPale pink
  • Leaf ColourDeep green

Description

Erica gracilis (Irish heath). A compact shrub from South Africa. Leaves are deep green, flowers are pale pink in early autumn.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Heath

Origin

South Africa

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
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH4.5 to 7.0
  • 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 by dropping in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to root rot.

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