Family: Ericaceae (Erica family).
Native of south-western Europe.
Occurrence: Widely scattered shrub which may be locally abundant. It is an environmental weed.
- the small narrow leaves (about 5 mm long) are in rings of (usually) four around the stems
- the flowers are pink to white and bell-shaped, and narrow slightly at the end
- the flowers are clustered along the short side branches
- it is a shrub to about 2 metres high.
This weed appears to be increasing in abundance. Its seeds can be spread by wind and water. It can also be spread vegetatively.
In a water race leak at Elphinstone it is well over head height.
2: In flower. Harcourt. 3: Erica infested gully. Maldon.