Epacris impressa|Common Heath

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Erect to spreading wiry shrub with woolly hairs on branchlets.
Size (W x H)
0.2-0.6m x 0.5-1.5m
Tapering, narrow lance-shaped leaves 4-15mm x 0.8-3mm, ending in a small sharp point.
Masses of narrow tubular flowers, petals at least twice as long as calyx, indentation at base of each petal. Flowering times vary depending on area.
Flower colour
White, pink or red
Flower time
March to November
Growing conditions
Moist well drained loamy, sandy or rocky soils in heathland, woodland and forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Dappled and semi shade.
Commonly used for
Victoria's floral emblem. Looks good planted in drifts. Many color forms available, flowering at different times. Small gardens, containers, rockeries. Summer moisture essential. Prune hard after flowering to maintain longevity and increase bushiness.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory