Pronounciation: Er-i-ca-MER-ee-a lar-i-ce-FOL-ee-a
Landscape Use: Great xeriscape filler to accent plant, small scale ground and bank cover, revegetation.
Form & Character: Tight and mounding, relatively formal and rounded with minimal care.
Growth Habit: Moderate to 2 feet tall with 3 feet spread. Becomes larger with a more open, 'rank' habit if regularly irrigated.
Foliage/Texture: Leaves are small and linear to less than 1 inch long, strongly aromatic; fine texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Small yellow flowers in profusion, flowers 1 inch across with peduncles that extend above foliar canopy, fruits light brown, unsightly.
Seasonal Color: Yellow flowers in early fall.
Temperature: Hardy to 5oF.
Light: Full sun, no shade.
Watering: Once established little supplemental water is required. Use water to control growth. Don't over irrigate!
Pruning: Slight heading back or light shearing in spring only to direct shape and size. Avoid frequent pruning, especially if plants are infrequently irrigated or not irrigated at all.
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: Turpentine bush is surging in popularity as a low growing xeriscape (desert landscaping) filler plant with fall-flowering accent. Excess water encourages rank, unsightly growth, ergo cultivate on the dry side in the landscape for best performance. Turpentine bush is similar form and growth habit to Chrysactinia mexicana, but is less aromatic foliage, slightly larger, and grows flowers in the fall rathern than the spring. The cultivar 'Aguirre' is a trademarked varietal selection from south central New Mexico.
Name derived from the Greek Erica (Ereika), "heath," and meris or meros for "division or part," referring to the heath-like or larch like leaves.