Herb latin name: Erica x veitchii

Family: Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Description of the plant:


180 cm
(6 feet)

to April

Habitat of Erica x veitchii:

Not known in the wild.

Other uses of the herb:

Can be grown as a medium-sized hedge, the cultivar "Exeter" is often used.

Propagation of Erica x veitchii:

Seed - surface sow in a sandy compost in a cold frame in spring. Keep moist. Prick out the plants as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them in their permanent positions when they are 5 - 8cm tall. This species is a hybrid and will not breed true from seed. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 3cm long taken from twiggy lateral growths near the base of the plant, July/August in a frame. Remove the leaves from the bottom part of the stem without causing any damage to the bark. The cuttings root in a few weeks if they are given some bottom heat. Plant out in spring. Layering in spring or autumn. Plants can be "dropped" and then dug up and divided about 6 - 12 months later. Dropping involves digging up the plant and then replanting it about 15 - 20cm deeper in the soil to encourage roots to form along the stems.

Cultivation of the herb:

Not known in the wild.

Medicinal use of Erica x veitchii:

None known

Known hazards of Erica x veitchii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.