Epacris paludosa

Swamp or Alpine Heath

Bushy erect shrub with shortly hairy branchlets.

Additional information

  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-2 m x 0.6-1.5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesCrowded, lance-shaped to elliptic, erect to spreading leaves 5-13 mm x 1.5-3 mm, 1-3-veined below, tip tapering to sharp point.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeJuly to January
  • FlowersSmall bell-shaped flowers crowded in terminal clusters or in axils at top of branchlets. Floral tube equal to or just longer than calyx.
  • Bird attractingNectar
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to briefly waterlogged soil in mountain heaths and stream margins and subalpine bogs. Frost and snow tolerant. Partial to dappled shade.
  • Garden useSheltered positions within gardens. Attractive in flower, suitable for small gardens, cottage gardens and containers. Responds well to pruning to prevent legginess.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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