Sprengelia incarnata Sm.

Star-flowered Sprengelia


Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Sprengelia

Category: Shrub

Size: To 3' tall and 18" wide

Description: 

Erect shrub. The leaves wrap around the stem and overlap, to 0.8" long with a stiff point. Pale pink flowers, star-shaped, hence the common name, in clusters at the ends of the branches in spring and summer. Grown in part shade in cultivation in moist soil with good drainage.

From Bot. Repos. The Springalia, must certainly rank among the most beautiful of the various new genera which have been introduced from New Holland) the delicacy, brilliancy, and number, of its blossoms render it particularly attractive, whilst their extreme permanency adds greatly to its merits; the flower being of such singular durability, as to retain nearly the fame appearance when the seeds are perfected, as at their first opening.

History: 

Published in Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Nya Handl. 260: 272 t2 in 1794.

Native to Australia. Found in wetlands in the southwest of the country and Tasmania.

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Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 2 in 1797: The figure before us, was taken from a plant in the nursery garden of Messrs. Lee and Kennedy, Hammersmith, who raised it from feeds about three years since... Note that the plant was written as Sprengelia in the index but listed as Springalia on the plate and information pages.


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