Epacris impressa ‘Bega’

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
Common Name:Heath
Other Common Names:Common Heath
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Width:0.8 ~ 1.5 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid
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
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Uses:Playground friendly

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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




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




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