Epacris impressa – Common Heath

An attractive medium sized open shrub that is worth growing for the showy masses of bell flowers produced from autumn to spring. Peak flowering is in winter, helping to brighten the garden and feed honey eating birds which love them. They are also great for floral work, and can range from deep pink to red and white forms. This plant needs a moist but well drained slightly acid soil, and will grow in sun to part shade. Well suited to pot growing in an open potting mix. Frost hardy. Can be short lived. Naturally occurs in the south eastern states of Australia, including Tasmania, in open forests, alpine and heathlands. The deep pink form is Victoria’s floral emblem.

Family : Ericaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small shrub
Width : 1.5
Flowering Time : Spring, Autumn, Winter
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Cool
Growth Habit : Evergreen
Soil Moisture :
Special Uses : Cut flower
Scientific Name: Epacris impressa
Common Name : Heath
Height : 3
Flower Color : White, Red, Pink
pH Level : Acid
Plant Environment : Flower garden
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Short lived
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Nectar eating birds