Erica EmpetrifoliaCrowberry-Leaved Heath
- Class and Order
- Octandria Monogynia
- Generic Character
- Cal. 4-phyllus. Cor. 4-fida. Filamenta receptaculo inserta. Antheræ apice bifidæ pertusæ. Caps. 4-locularis, 4-valvis, polysperma.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- ERICA empetrifolia foliis oblongis ciliatis, floribus verticillatis: calyce ciliato. Thunb. Prodr. p. 73. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 13. Gmel. p. 627. Linn. Pflanzen Syst. 3. t. 23. f. 2
- ERICA empetrifolia antheris cristatis, corollis ovatis, foliis quaternis, floribus sessilibus lateralibus. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 366. Ait. Kew. v. 1. p. 19.
It is a most pleasing circumstance, when plants afford characters by which they may with certainty be distinguished; most of the Heaths are of this kind, and the present one in particular: exclusive of its great peculiarity of growth, so obviously expressed in our representation of it, its flowers diffuse a strong honey-like fragrance, which, if other characters were wanting, would at once discriminate it.
It is one of those Heaths which are enumerated in the Hort. Kew. of Mr. Aiton, and was introduced to the royal garden by Mr. Masson, in 1774; is now to be met with in most of the collections of green-house plants about town, and flowers in May and June.
Is usually propagated by cuttings.