Erica vestita Thunb.
Shrubby heath with leaves in sixes and variable flowers. white, yellow, rosy or crimson, in axillary whorls. To 1.2m. There are many garden varieties. [RHSD].
Horticultural & Botanical History
Introduced to Britain in 1789. [JD]. Andr.Heaths v.I p.70/1802. The variety coccinea is illustrated.
History at Camden Park
Erica pinifolia 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.
See also Erica pinifolia Andr.
Published Jan 10, 2009 - 04:51 PM | Last updated Mar 30, 2010 - 04:58 PM