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Commonly known as Irish heath, St. Daboec's heath
The Irish bell, named possibly from the son of a Welsh chieftain who founded a monastery in County Donegal. Found in western Ireland and northern Spain with a subspecies from the Azores and usually found as the hybrid x scotica which can flower twice a year, in early summer and early autumn.
Genus of 2 species of evergreen shrub from western Ireland, western France, northern Spain, northern Portugal and the Azores from coastal to mountain heathland. Makes good groundcover when lightly pruned to the base of the flower spikes after flowering.
Ground cover - These plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil
Additional Features - Good to know - - 2 species. D. cantabrica subsp. azorica. D. cantabrica (Irish heath, St. Dabeoc's heath). Linnaeus got the 'e' and 'o' wrong way round.
Pests & Diseases - Phytophthora root rot.
Place of origin - western Ireland, western France, northwestern Spain, northern Portugal and The Azores.
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving - - will tolerate neutral soil.
Fertile well drained soil