Erica umbellata L.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Erica umbellata' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/erica/erica-umbellata/). Accessed 2021-09-23.

Genus

Glossary

inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
exserted
Protruding; pushed out.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
linear
Strap-shaped.
prostrate
Lying flat.
umbel
Inflorescence in which pedicels all arise from same point on peduncle. May be flat-topped (as in e.g. Umbelliferae) to spherical (as in e.g. Araliaceae). umbellate In form of umbel.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Erica umbellata' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/erica/erica-umbellata/). Accessed 2021-09-23.

An evergreen shrub to about 2 ft high of erect or semi-prostrate habit; young shoots downy. Leaves linear, about 16 in. long, of a soft greyish green. Inflorescence an umbel of two to eight flowers; corollas egg-shaped to globose, sharply contracted at the mouth, about 16 in. long and clear rosy pink in colour, with dark, exserted anthers; calyx-lobes linear-oblong. Main flowering time May-June.

Native of Spain, Portugal and Morocco; probably first introduced late in the eighteenth century but little known in gardens until W. E. Th. Ingwersen introduced it from the Sierra de Estrella, Portugal, in the early twenties. Another form was introduced by Dr Giuseppi at about the same time. Although not completely hardy, it is certainly not so tender as was once supposed and should come through most winters unharmed in southern and western gardens. It is said to be tolerant of lime in the soil. It is one of the prettiest of the European heaths and valuable for having its main season of blossom when few other heaths are in flower.