Erica x veitchii
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Erica x veitchii is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
A hybrid of garden origin, E. arborea x E. lusutanica.
Not known in the wild.
A calcifuge plant, it requires a light lime-free loam[
]. Grows best in a poor soil. Resents dry soils. Prefers an open situation.
A very ornamental and free-flowering species[
], there are some named varieties[
Plants are not fully hardy in Britain and can be damaged in severe winters[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Can be grown as a medium-sized hedge, the cultivar 'Exeter' is often used[
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, mid summer 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[