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|
|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|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam|
|Plant Environment:||Flower garden|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Cool|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|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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