A very attractive and long flowering small to medium sized shrub, with masses of clear red tubular bell shaped flowers from autumn, through winter and on to spring. ‘Bega’ is a more reliable form of the very eye catching Epacris for gardens. It does best in a well drained soil in semi shade or sun. It is helpful to mulch around the plant to help keep the root run cool and moist. A great plant for container growing. Lightly prune after flowering to encourage a more compact shape. Epacris impressa is the floral emblem of Victoria.
|Scientific Name:||Epacris impressa|
|Other Common Names:||Common Heath|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||1 ~ 1.5 metre|
|Width:||0.8 ~ 1.5 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Autumn, Winter|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant|
|Special Uses:||Playground friendly|
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