Epacris rhombifolia

Mountain Coral Heath

Slender erect shrub with hairy branches.

Additional information

  • SynonymEpacris microphylla var. rhombifolia
  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-2 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesCrowded rhomboid to broadly egg-shaped leaves with pointed incurved tip, 3.5-6 mm x 2.5-3.5 mm, tapered to base which is cut straight.
  • Flower colourWhite, occasionally tinged pink
  • Flowering timeJanuary
  • FlowersTiny bell-shaped flowers crowded in leaf axils forming a leafy spike-like flowerhead in upper branches. Floral tube shorter than calyx.
  • Bird attractingNectar
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWet heathlands and sub alpine bogs. Frost and snow tolerant. Partial to dappled shade. Limited distribution within the Shire and within Victoria.
  • Garden useAn attractive shrub with a good display of dainty flowers. Use in permanently moist sheltered small gardens and perhaps ferneries. Suitable for containers. Responds well to pruning.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Most populations fall outside the Shire.
Photographer/s: Geoff Lay ©

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