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Epacris reclinata

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - July

Common name native heath
Scientific name Epacris reclinata A. Cunn. ex Benth.
Family 

Ericaceae - Styphelioideae

Etymology

Genus: From Greek, epi, upon and acris, a summit, referring to the altitude where some species occur.

Species: From Latin, reclinatus, bent downwards, referring to the leaves.

Distribution Occurs from the Blue Mountains to the Goulburn River in New South Wales.
Native habitat It grows in woodland and heathland in skeletal sandy soils on damp sandstone cliff faces and rock ledges.
Description

Usually a small shrub of less than a metre in height with an open, straggling habit of growth.

Flowering/fruiting Flowering occurs from autumn through to spring.

Location in Garden

Bed 10 at the top of the Connections Garden.

 

We often think of heathlands as typical of the cold countries of Britain or Europe. But Australia boasts many beautiful and colourful heaths, which grow from the windy coastal headlands to swampy mountainous country. The most commonly recognised Australian heath plants are of the genus Epacris.

It provides a range of coloured flowering forms, one of which, with reddish pink flowers, shown here, is the most popular in cultivation.

Tip pruning the plant while it is young helps in producing bushy growth. The plant also responds well to hard pruning after flowering.

Given the right soil mix and good drainage, native heaths also make attractive pot plants. 

 

 

 

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