Daboecia cantabrica – Connemara Heath, St. Dabeoc’s Heath (= D. polifolia)
(south-western to western Europe)
Habit: Dwarf shrub, 0.25-0.5 m tall, 0.3-0.35 m wide, prostrate to loosely upright, becoming taller; cut out old wood in spring.
Flowers: Bell-shaped or bulging, up to 1 cm long, in many variations from light crimson to pink in loose, upright racemes; June to October; conspicuously many flowers, persistent.
Fruits: Inconspicuous brown capsules.
Leaves: Evergreen, needle-like-linear, shiny dark green on top, whitish underneath.
Roots: Flat with fine roots living symbiotically with fungi, sensitive to soil compaction.
Demands: Sun to light shade, sensitive to heat, but likes warmth, not very frost hardy, for protected, cool, humid areas; protect from winter sun and winter winds from the east.
Soil: Fresh to moist, withers in dry soil, acidic to neutral, does not like chalk, all humic, well drained substrates.
Hardiness: Zone 7a