Botanical name: Ericaceae
Botanical name: Ericaceae
Species of Heath
The genus is native to Australia and New Zealand.
The prince's pines (genus Chimaphila) are a small group of petite flowering plants in the heather family. Because prince's pines are small, don't have showy flowers, and are often finicky about their growing conditions, they are rarely used ornamentally. Some species, most notably Umbellate Wintergreen (C. umbellata) have been used to make teas and flavorings.
Heather stock is a genus of small shrubby species in the family Ericaceae. They have scale-like leaves lying against the stems, and produce solitary bell-shaped flowers in late spring. This genus includes 9-12 species. They are native to the Arctic and north temperate montane regions.
Daboecia is a small genus of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae, containing two evergreen shrubs. They are native to cliffs and heathland in south-western Europe. Daboecia has an oceanic southern distribution in western Europe. They produce urn-shaped flowers in shades of white, pink and red. The leaves are always alternate in daboecia, never whorled.
There are some one hundred or so species in the genus, mostly shrubs, but also cushion plants and trees, found in New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. Although dicotyledonous, they resemble primitive monocots with their slender leaves concentrated in clumps at the ends of the branches. The height varies from 1 cm to about 12 m.
Sidebells wintergreen is a genus of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae. It has only one species. The plant has a circumboreal distribution, growing throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere.
The madronas (Arbutus) are a group of flowering shrubs and small trees. They are known for their distinctive bark, which is quite colorful and usually peels in large, curling sheets. Also sporting showy flowers, madronas are often planted as ornamentals, especially in warm-temperate areas. Madrid, Spain's capital, bears a Madrone tree on its official herald.
Trailing arbutus (Epigaea) is a group of creeping plants with fragrant, evergreen broad leaves, and scented pink or white flowers. They are a popular choice for rock gardens. Plants of this species flourish in pine or wooded forests and bloom early in spring.
Leptecophylla is a genus of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae. The genus is native to southeastern Australia New Zealand Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. As of winter 2018 Plants of the World Online accepted 12 species.
Monotropa are a small genus of interesting plants most of which lack chlorophyll and so depend on fungi to gain nourishment. These parasitic plants are well adapted to their native dark forest floors since they have no need for sunlight. Monotropa are further characterized by their small, almost non-existent leaves.
Wintergreens are usually found in partially sunny areas and are often used as decorative plants in woodland gardens. The plants produce flowers along the long, thin stems growing from the mound of heart-shaped foliage in the summer. The plants spread by seeds formed after the flowers die back in the fall.
Doghobbles may contain just a few species of evergreen shrubs, but their attractive leaf colors make them popular garden plants, often in hybridized cultivar form. These plants produce white or occasionally pink flowers. Their ease of care and disease resistance add to their popularity.
Heaths is a genus of roughly 860 species of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae. Around 690 of the species are endemic to South Africa. The remaining species are native to other parts of Africa, Madagascar, the Mediterranean, and Europe. Most of the species of heaths are small shrubs from 20 to 150 cm high, though some are taller. All are evergreen, with minute, needle-like leaves. Flowers are sometimes axillary, and sometimes borne in terminal umbels or spikes, and are usually outward or downward facing. The seeds are very small.
Azaleas are beautiful when planted alone or in a group. Their bright flowers signal the beginning of spring in the southern region of the United States. The flowers almost appear to float on air and come in a variety of colors. The first southern cultivar was established and planted outdoors on a South Carolina plantation in the 19th century. Since then, many southern states have celebrated the blooming of the azaleas with festivals and parades.
Corema is a genus of two species of flowering plants in the plant family Ericaceae. They are dioecious small shrubs.
Pinedrops (Pterospora) are native to North America and are commonly found in pine forests. These plants lack chlorophyll, so they do not use sunlight for photosynthesis, but instead rely on nutrients from their host plant. In Greek, the genus name, Pterospora, means "winged seeds," referring to the net-like structure that carries each tiny seed to a new location when it is strewn from its capsule.
Single delight is indigenous to moist coniferous forests in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere from Spain to Japan and across North America. Single delight is a monotypic genus. A perennial herb with a slender rhizome, the leaves are basal or low, oval-elliptic to obovate, from 1 to 3 cm in diameter, with small teeth. The petiole is shorter than the leaf diameter. Each stem terminates in a nodding, fragrant flower on a stem from 3 to 17 cm high. The corolla has a diameter of 1.5 to 2.5 cm. The spreading five white petals are slightly rumpled. The sepals are oval, separate and white-greenish.
Huckleberry are small to large deciduous or evergreen shrubs usually found growing in relation to North American oak-heath forests. Most species are renowned for their dark, edible berries and can be cultivated in acidic soils. Many members serve as food for butterfly and moth species. The genus name, Gaylussacia, was given in honor of the 19th-century French chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac.
Chamaedaphne are all just one species, Chamaedaphne calyculata, also known as 'leatherleaf' for its coarse-textured leaves. This plant is grown ornamentally for its showy bell-shaped flowers and favors wet soils and full sunlight. The leaves are cut and used as filler green in flower arrangements.
Epacris is a genus of about forty species of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae. The genus epacris is native to eastern and southeastern Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand. Plants in the genus epacris are shrubs with simple leaves that are a similar colour on both surfaces and with flowers arranged singly in leaf axils near the ends of the branches, sometimes extending along the branches. Each flower is surrounded by many bracts and five, usually glabrous sepals. The fruit is a capsule.
Andromeda are diminutive plants only found in cold-climate peat bogs. The common name, 'bog rosemary', comes from the plant's resemblance to that culinary herb, but don't be fooled, since this plant, unlike its namesake, is toxic. Despite this, its pretty flowers make it a popular ornamental plant, particularly in hybrid form.
Elliottia is a genus of plants in the Ericaceae, with four species, two in North American and two in Japan.
Summer hollies is a genus of shrubs in the heath family native to the Americas from California in the United States to Panama. These are hairy, glandular shrubs to small trees with shreddy bark, often quite similar to their close relatives, the manzanitas.
Enkianthus is a genus of shrubs or small trees in the heath family. This genus includes about 12-15 species. Its native range is in Asia.