Common Heath Flowers

Common Heath (Epacris impressa)

Common Heath flower spikes have been putting on a good show over the last couple of weeks. We have white Common Heath flowers on our property, but there are both pink and red varietals too.   When left alone by the Swamp Wallabies, the plants have grown somewhere between 30 cm and 60 cm high here, although I have seen them taller on other properties.

Plants which have many flowers blooming at once seem to be  sending out a message to the Wallabies to ‘come and eat me!’ which is a pity.  I’ve seen many blunt tops on flower spikes, so they must be tasty.

According to my field guide, Common Heath can flower from May to November.  Last year we had a pink flowering Heath blooming later in the season – this was probably Common Heath as well.  I will post images of this when it comes into flower.  For now, enjoy the white Common Heath flowers.

Common Heath Flowers
The flowers progressively open from the bottom of the stem. This flower spike has unopened buds at the top.
Common Heath Plant
This photograph shows the long pointed leaves and flower spikes, which are quite blunt at the top, indicating that in a previous season they may have been fodder for Wallabies.
Common Heath Flower
The flowers are tubular in shape, comprising 5 lobes with a stamen attached to each lobe.

 

 

10 thoughts on “Common Heath (Epacris impressa)

  1. Hi Lisa, By reading your postings I am learning about the nature dynamics and relationships in your place. Thanks so much for presenting the Common Heath and the Swamp Wallabies’ interactions with the flowers! Have a great day! 🙂

    1. Hi Margaret, Yes, there probably is a different species which is pink. In Victoria, the Common Heath does grow with white, pink or red flowers. About fifteen minutes down the road, the pink Common Heath is flowering right now. We only have white at this time of the year. Our pink version comes out in Spring, so it may well be a different species. Interesting! I’ll have a few months to wait before working this one out! 🙂 Lisa

      1. The one that I see often in the local bushland park is called Epacris Longiflora and it seems to have a very long flowering season. It’s still out, many, many moths after I first noticed it. They are a very pretty species. 🙂

      2. Great! Thanks for the species name, Margaret. I’ve just looked it up on Google – WOW – it’s very striking! I don’t think I’ve missed that, so I think we probably don’t have it here. It must make a spectacular sight when you come across it in the forest. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I really appreciate learning more about our native flora and fauna. Lisa

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