Erica tetralix L.
Fully-hardy, dwarf, spreading heath, its leaves arranged in whorls of 4 to form a cross, and umbels of urn-shaped, pale pink flowers, to 9mm long, in summer and autumn. To 30cm. [RHSE, Hilliers'].
Horticultural & Botanical History
An ancient garden plant in Europe. The Gardeners Chronicle of 1855 reported it sporting to white flowers and this is probably the form grown by Macarthur. [Gard. Chron 1855]. Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.29/1825.
History at Camden Park
Listed only in the 1843 catalogue. See Erica nudiflora L. and Erica bauera Andr. Erica tetralix alba is marked in the 1836 Loddiges’ catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA] as grown at Camden. Probably obtained from Loddiges’ nursery.
Published Jan 09, 2009 - 04:26 PM | Last updated Mar 30, 2010 - 04:59 PM