Erica mammosa L.
Half-hardy, erect heath with leaves in whorls of 4 and clustered, pendant, terminal racemes, to 7cm long, of tubular, dark wine-red, orange, pink, green or white flowers, to 2.5cm long, summer to winter. To 1.5m. [RHSE].
Horticultural & Botanical History
‘It is a remarkably rich and splendid sort. The flowers are so very close together, and so large, as to form almost a solid mass.’ [LBC no.125/1817]. E. mammosa pallida was also figured in Loddiges’ Botanical Cabinet: ‘A pleasing variety, although not so splendid as the deep red kind.’ [LBC no.951/1825]. Introduced to Britain in 1762. [JD]. BF pl.41/1843.
History at Camden Park
Listed only in the 1850 catalogue. See Erica nudiflora L. and Erica bauera Andr. Not marked as grown at Camden in the 1836 Loddiges’ catalogue held at Camden Park. [CPA].
Published Jan 09, 2009 - 02:50 PM | Last updated Mar 30, 2010 - 05:00 PM