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.

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
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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