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.

Family:Ericaceae
Scientific Name:Epacris impressa
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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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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