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Common Name: Bog Heather
Erica tetralix is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
Western Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia to Spain east to N. Germany and Poland.
Bogs, wet heaths and moors, rarely on drier soils[
Requires a light lime-free loam[
]. A calcifuge plant, requiring a pH below 6[
]. Grows best in a poor soil[
]. Resents dry soils[
], doing well in boggy areas[
]. Prefers an open situation[
A good bee plant[
There are many named forms, selected for their ornamental value[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Stems are used for making brooms, brushes etc[
A yellow dye is obtained from the plant[
Plants can be grown as a ground cover[
]. They should be clipped in the spring in order to encourage denser growth[
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[
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[