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Erica blandfordia

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Blandfordia Heath (Erica blandfordia) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Blandfordia Heath flowers

Blandfordia Heath flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  30 inches

Spread:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  Blandfordia Heather

Description:

An excellent low shrub with contrasting yellow flowers in mid-summer and light green needle-like foliage, ideal for poor soils, also great for massing in the garden; requires organic highly acidic soil, full sun and absolutely no standing water

Ornamental Features

Blandfordia Heath is covered in stunning spikes of yellow bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. It has light green foliage. The tiny needles remain light green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blandfordia Heath is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blandfordia Heath is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Blandfordia Heath will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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