Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Erect shrub up to about 3 m. Shoots are densely white-pilose. Leaves to about 13 mm. Small white (occasionally pink) bell-shaped flowers held in small clusters on then end of small shoots coming off the main stems. Capsule to about 2.5 mm long.
One of the few species of the genus with fragrant flowers. Also the carolla is obviously hairy on the outside. These characters and the longer leaves distinguish it from E. lusitanica for which it has been mistaken.
July, August, September, October
erica: From the Greek ereika ‘heath’ or ‘heather’
Reason For Introduction
Spreads by seed.
Many seeds are produced.