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Erica glandulosa

glandular heath

E. glandulosa is an evergreen shrub, to 1.5m tall, with both leaves and stems covered in tiny, glandular hairs giving the plant a sticky feel. Curved, tubular, pale pink to pale orange flowers, up to 25mm long, are borne over a long period

Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Orange Green
Summer Pink Orange Green
Autumn Pink Orange Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Erica can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs with fine, needle-like leaves in whorls, and racemes or panicles of small, bell-shaped or tubular flowers

Name status

Unresolved

Plant range
S Africa (Cape)

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, acid soil in full sun in the mildest localities only; under glass grow in ericaceous potting compost in full light with good ventilation at all times; water freely in the growing season and apply a half strength balanced liquid fertiliser every four weeks, water moderately when not in flower

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Pruning group 10

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free in containers; may be susceptible to Phytophthora root rot in warm, wet conditions when planted out in the garden

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