Starting to come back on stream this year, but very limited numbers, reflecting their status as experimental plants for the bold minority. Grow in pots of sandy ericaceous mix, never allowed to dry out during the summer, given protection during cold winters, but certainly not requiring frost-free glass. South Africa has most of the world’s ericas, and most don’t look much like the familiar Europeans.
Erica glauca var. elegans £4.50
Spectacular flowers, with green corolla and conspicuous white sepals and bracts. The buds are generally white from late autumn right through winter, and the flowers still have colour at the start of May. Surprising glaucous leaves. The stems shoot for the sky over the spring and summer. A carefully timed prune should help keep the plant under control.
Erica nabea £4.50
Flowering shoots crowded with greeny white flowers like little long-necked flasks: the effect is of buds which never quite open.
Erica patersonia £4.50
Bushy, rather soft, brilliant green foliage. The flowers are long, and bright yellow, clustered around upright shoots, with a corn-on-the-cob look – they call it the ‘mealie heath’. Not the hardiest.
Erica taxifolia £4.50
Clusters of rather strong rounded pink flowers at the tips of long branches - both calyx and corolla are coloured. Well named for its yew-like foliage. An arresting sight in flower, and tolerant of a lot cold (unprotected in Derby over winter 08/9 - impressive, eh?). Summer - autumn.
For all those interested in South African plants we've also put all our listings of South African
bulbs and plants onto one website we've called South African Bulbs at Desirable Plants.
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