Erica thymifolia Andr.
A short, bushy heath, leaves in threes, the flowers axillary, a deep rose colour. [Andr.Heaths v.II p.136/1805].
Horticultural & Botanical History
Introduced to Britain in 1789. [JD]. Introduced by Richard Williams. [Hortus Kewensis].
History at Camden Park
Erica thymifolia is marked with a ‘c’ in an 1836 edition of Loddiges’ catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA]. In William Macarthur’s code, used and explained elsewhere, this means grown at Camden. It is almost certain that it was grown in the gardens around this time but may have been short-lived as it did not appear in the catalogues.
Published Jan 11, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Last updated Mar 30, 2010 - 04:57 PM