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Erica tetralix - L.
                 
Common Name Bog Heather, Crossleaf heath
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Bogs, wet heaths and moors, rarely on drier soils[17].
Range Western Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia to Spain east to N. Germany and Poland.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun

Summary

Erica tetralix Bog Heather, Crossleaf heath


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Erica tetralix Bog Heather, Crossleaf heath
   
Physical Characteristics
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Erica tetralix is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jun to October, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects, self.The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Ground Cover; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Broom;  Dye.

Stems are used for making brooms, brushes etc[109]. A yellow dye is obtained from the plant[46, 61]. Plants can be grown as a ground cover[208]. They should be clipped in the spring in order to encourage denser growth[208].
Cultivation details
Requires a light lime-free loam[1]. A calcifuge plant, requiring a pH below 6[186]. Grows best in a poor soil[11]. Resents dry soils[1], doing well in boggy areas[186]. Prefers an open situation[1]. A good bee plant[108]. There are many named forms, selected for their ornamental value[188]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
Propagation
Seed - surface sow in a sandy compost in a cold frame in spring. Keep moist. Prick out the plants as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them in their permanent positions when they are 5 - 8cm tall[11]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 3cm long taken from twiggy lateral growths near the base of the plant, July/August in a frame. Remove the leaves from the bottom part of the stem without causing any damage to the bark. The cuttings root in a few weeks if they are given some bottom heat. Plant out in spring[11]. Layering in spring or autumn. Plants can be 'dropped' and then dug up and divided about 6 - 12 months later. Dropping involves digging up the plant and then replanting it about 15 - 20cm deeper in the soil to encourage roots to form along the stems[78].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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