Epacris impressa, also known as common heath, is a plant of the heath
family, Ericaceae, that is native to southeast Australia: the states of
Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. French botanist
Jacques Labillardière collected the species in 1793 and described it in
1805. Four forms have been identified, but no subspecies are recognised.
Growing in heathland, shrubland or open forest, it is generally a small
shrub around 0.5 to 1 m (1 ft 8 in – 3 ft 3 in) tall, with small
stiff leaves. The red, pink or white tube-like flowers appear from late
autumn to early spring. Honeyeaters, particularly the eastern spinebill,
feed upon the nectar of the flowers. It regenerates after bushfire by
seed or by resprouting. A pink-flowered form is the floral emblem of the
state of Victoria. E. impressa is difficult to propagate reliably, which
has limited its use in horticulture and revegetation. It grows best in
well-drained but moist soil in a semishaded position. A highly regarded
garden plant, the common heath was first cultivated in England in 1825
with over seventy named cultivars, most of which have now vanished.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epacris_impressa>
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