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.

3 comments:

  1. I had no idea ericas were native to South Africa. I always think of them as being strictly English. They are so pretty but don't grow for me here in my Tennessee garden for some reason.

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    1. That they would not be at home in Tennessee is Interesting to me. The one speculation I'd have is that perhaps the soil is too far one side or the other of neutral. Here in Colorado, it's an entirely lost cause, between the temperatures and the extreme alkalinity of the soil. Maybe that's a reason I'm so attracted to botanical illustration: in the blog I can "grow" what would never do in gardens here ;-)

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  2. Love this illustration, it captures all the magic of this plant (which I don't grow).

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