Friday, April 6, 2012
Henry Charles Andrews: Erica fascicularis
Henry Charles Andrews (active between 1794 and 1830), author and illustrator of Coloured Engravings of Heaths, included Erica fascicularis, which Andrews called Erica coronata, in the the four volume work. The image compares interestingly with a painting and engraving by the Bauer brothers of Erica banksii.
A few facts about Henry Charles Andrews
A few facts about Ericas
1. Heathers are native to South Africa, where something like 660 of 700 known species are endemic.
2. Acidic soil is a preference of this genus, but some alkalinity -- according to the Telegraph; this doesn't square with my own experience -- supposedly works.
3. Plants do not tolerate freezing temperatures.
4. Clipping flowers as blooms fade is important to plant maintenance.
5. One species, Erica lusitanica, is considered a noxious weed by the State of Oregon. Given that one plant can produce nine million seeds, one can see their point.