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Erica mackaiana

Mackays heath

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.2m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.85m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourBright pink
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Erica mackaiana (Mackays heath). A small shrub from Spain and Ireland. Grows to about 60cm tall by 85cm wide. Branches are hairy when they are young, whorled dark green leaves are lance-shaped . The bright pink flowers are cup-shaped in terminal clusters from summer to early autumn. Produces many cultivars.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Heath

Origin

Spain and Ireland

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
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°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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