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× Phyllothamnus erectus (Lindl.) Schneid.

Modern name

Phyllothamnus erectus C.K.Schneid.


Bryanthus erectus Lindl.; Phyllodoce erecta (Lindl.) Drude

A dwarf evergreen bush 6 to 10 in. high, with numerous erect, very leafy branches, minutely downy when young. Leaves alternate, 12 to 58 in. long, linear, tapering towards each end, recurved slightly at the margins, finely toothed, deep glossy green, crowded on the branchlets. Flowers solitary on slender, downy, glandular stalks 12 to 34 in. long; produced in April in a cluster of four to ten at the end of each twig. Corolla delicate rose, broadly funnel-shaped, 12 in. across, with five triangular, pointed lobes. Calyx-lobes ovate, 18 in. long, glabrous; style protruded.

A hybrid raised about 1845 in the nursery of Messrs Cunningham & Fraser at Comely Bank, Edinburgh, between Rhodothamnus chamaecistus and, so its raisers stated, Phyllodoce caerulea. The general belief is, however, that P. empetriformis was the other parent. It is a very pretty shrub, but requires considerable care to keep it in permanent health in the south, where the dry heats of July and August cause it to suffer. A cool, moist spot in the rock garden where the soil is peaty may be recommended for it.


× Phyllothamnus

Other species in the genus

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