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Erica melanthera 'Improved Form'

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Erica (ER-ee-kuh) (Info)
Species: melanthera (mel-ANTH-er-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Improved Form


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pokerboy On Aug 13, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

A very hardy tough plant. It is a compact, dwarf shrub that flowers in Autumn and early Winter. When it flowers, it's flowers almost cover all of the needle-like foliage. Likes a sunny position in a LIME-FREE soil. Loves a well drained soil. Grows to 1 metre tall. pokerboy.

Positive angelam On Apr 30, 2004, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

This is a S. African plant, naturalised in parts of Victoria,Australia and included on that Government's list of potentially invasive weeds.

It is a small shrub, to 80cm. The wild type is a little bigger. It has fine, soft needles and a wonderful display of tiny, pink, bell-like flowers in the Autumn and early Winter that lasts for many weeks in our Zone 10 garden. Like all ericas, it is lime-averse, and it only requires a light trim after flowering to keep its graceful shape. It is an attractive plant even when out of flower.

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