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Muraltia heisteria

Muraltia heisteria (Purple Gorse)

is a small wide frost hardy perennial evergreen shrub with purple and pink flowers in early Summer, late Spring, mid Spring and mid Summer. It grows well in semi-shade and direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. It has high drought tolerance. It looks best in Spring and Summer.

Weed

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Classed as a weed in Australia and can be invasive but harsh Winters in temperate climates of Northern Europe and the States make it safe to grow there.

Soil

Muraltia heisteria grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 6.5 (slightly acidic ranges from 6.1 to 6.5). It is adapted to clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sand, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers low fertility.

Growth

This is a arching shrub and has a clump forming growth form, and has an ultimate height of 0.8m / 2.6ft and spread of 1.2m / 3.9ft.

Leaves

It has green leaves. They are ovate in shape. The leaf with a mucronate tip.

Uses

Bank and slope, drought resistant, flowering shrub, poor soils and reclamation.

Tolerances

Salt/sea spray (high) and wind (medium).

Progagation

Propagation techniques include cuttings and seed.

Origin

South Africa.

-6°C / 21.2F 5.5 to 6.5 0.8m / 2.6ft 1.2m / 3.9ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Muraltia
Specific epithet ? heisteria
Common names
Purple Gorse (South Africa)
User notes have orange headings. All other information is made up from editing attributes. IPNI details on Muraltia heisteria
    References [edit] ?

    Plant added by AnimA (South Africa) - Add as friend

    Muraltia heisteria http://plantdatabase.co.uk/Muraltia_heisteria
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