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Erica baccans L.

Half-hardy, robust, erect, many-branched heath with axillary whorls, to 2.5cm long, each with 4 spherical, deep pink flowers, 6mm across, with keeled, dark pink sepals, in winter and spring.  To 2.5m.  [RHSE, Hortus]. 


Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Seba, a Dutch writer, appears first to have noticed this Heath; he figures it in his Museum, and distinguishes it by the name of Arbutus-flowered, which Mr. Aiton has retained.  This very elegant and ornamental species grows to a considerable height, and in favourable situations produces abundance of flowers early in the summer, which are remarkable, though not particularly so, for being enveloped with a calyx of the same colour.  It is a native of the Cape, and was introduced by Mr. Masson in 1774.  [BM t.358/1797]. 


History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.419/1843].  Probably obtained from Loddiges’ nursery.  See Erica nudiflora L. Erica baccans is listed in both the 1830 and 1836 editions of Loddiges’ catalogues held at Camden Park and marked with a ‘c’ in the latter.  [CPA].



Published Jan 09, 2009 - 11:19 AM | Last updated Sep 29, 2011 - 05:09 PM

Image shows a heath shoot with clusters of deep, almost spherical pink flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.358, 1797.

Erica baccans L. | BM t.358 | BHL


Family Ericaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

Common Name

Arbutus-flowered heath

Name in the Camden Park Record

Erica baccans


Confidence level high