Epacris impressa – Common Heath

An attractive medium sized open shrub that is worth growing for the showy masses of bell flowers produced from autumn to spring. Peak flowering is in winter, helping to brighten the garden and feed honey eating birds which love them. They are also great for floral work, and can range from deep pink to red and white forms. This plant needs a moist but well drained slightly acid soil, and will grow in sun to part shade. Well suited to pot growing in an open potting mix. Frost hardy. Can be short lived. Naturally occurs in the south eastern states of Australia, including Tasmania, in open forests, alpine and heathlands. The deep pink form is Victoria’s floral emblem.

Scientific Name:Epacris impressa
Family:Ericaceae
Common Name:Heath
Other Common Names:Pink Heath
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:0.5 ~ 1.5 metres
Flower Colour:White, Red, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Flower garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Short lived
Propagation Method:Seed, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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