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Heath Phylica

Phylica ericoides

Also known as

Ericoid Phylica

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

60cm

Min

60cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Heath Phylica Overview

Heath phylica is a much-branched, compact, bushy evergreen shrub that usually reaches 0.6 m with equal spread. Older bushes may reach reach 1 m. Branches are slim with a sparse covering of short, fine, grey hairs. The margins are rolled under so that they almost cover the entire lower leaf surface. The upper surface is often rough and usually hairless, or the margin and midrib are sparsely hairy when young. The underside of the leave is covered with short, fine grey hairs. The flowers are very small, 1.5-2 mm long, tightly packed into 4-7 mm wide rounded heads at the tips of the branches. The heads are solitary or clustered.

How to harvest Heath Phylica

Seeds are normally harvested late summer. Flowers can be cut from spring to midsummer.

How to propagate Heath Phylica

Seed

Either harvest just before they ripen when the capsules are still closed and allow them to ripen and open in the drying room-remember in a covered tray.

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood tip or heel cuttings can be taken in spring summer from new growth produced after flowering and fruiting. Treat with a rooting hormone and place in an overhead-mist.

Special features of Heath Phylica

Attracts birds

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees, butterflies and beetles.

Drought resistant

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Pioneer