Epacris microphylla – Coral Heath

A small shrub with a wiry growth habit and tiny leaves, which lights up at flowering time with charming drifts of small white flowers displayed on the ends of each stem. It is an easy care plant provided the need for a well drained soil is met. The main flowering period is in spring, with long lasting displays, but it also spot flowers through the rest of the year. Feed with a good native fertiliser in late winter to early spring. Naturally grows on sandy soils from Queensland to Victoria, in sun to part shade.

Family:Ericaceae
Scientific Name:Epacris microphylla
Common Name:Heath
Other Common Names:Coral Heath
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.6 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.4 ~ 0.8 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring, All year
Ph Level:Acid
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it 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 an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.