Epacris longiflora – Fuchsia Heath

A delightful medium sized shrub that bears masses of bell shaped flowers in spring and autumn. There are different colour forms, from red or pink tipped with white to all white varieties. It naturally grows in well drained sandy soils with dappled shade, with a regular supply of moisture. They dislike root disturbance, so it is a good idea to apply a layer of leaf litter or bark chips to deter weeds. Tip pruning after flowering will encourage a more dense habit, as it has a tendancy to have quite an open habit. Feed with a good native fertiliser at the beginning of spring. Can be container grown if you don’t have a well drained spot. Good for protected coastal gardens, and can tolerate only light frost once established.

Family:Ericaceae
Scientific Name:Epacris longiflora
Common Name:Heath
Other Common Names:Fuchsia Heath
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.7 ~ 1.5 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
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 looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well 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

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – 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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