Hardy Heathers from the Northern Hemisphere: Calluna - Daboecia - Erica

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The latest publication from the Botanical Magazine Monograph series, Hardy Heathers from the Northern Hemisphere is a fully illustrated guide to all the heather species that grow naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. Covered in detail are the distribution, classification, and conservation of three genera—Calluna, Daboecia, and Erica—supplemented by a history of heathers in cultivation and a select list of the best cultivars. Extensively illustrated with stunning botanical art by Christabel King, this will be an indispensable reference for heather enthusiasts and gardeners, as well as botanists, ecologists, and conservationists with interests in heaths and heath lands.

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Meet the Author

E. Charles Nelson is a botanist and the author of several books. He is administrator of the Heather Society and former horticultural taxonomist for National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin in Dublin.

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Table of Contents

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1. Introduction
2. Cultivation: Past and Present
    A short history of hardy heathers in gardens
    Nursery, nurserymen and publications
    Cultivation and care in gardens 
        Vegetative propagation
        Raising seedlings
3. Calluna Salisb.; Ling
4. Daboecia D. Don: Saint Dabeoc’s heaths
5. Erica L.: Heaths and heathers

    Winter- and spring- flowering heathers
    The Cornish heath and its congeners
    The ciliated, or Dorset, heath
    The wind-pollinated besom heaths
    Tree heathers
    Southern heath
    The cross-leaved heaths
    The bell heathers
    Bruckenthalia, the Balkan heath
    The Pentaperan heaths
    Erica Hybrids
        Part I: Naturally-occurring hybrids involving E. tetralix
        Part II: Chance hybrids from British gardens and nurseries
        Part III: The “wilderness of uncertainty”: artificial hybrid heaths

Appendix I: Recommended and interesting cultivars
Appendix II: Richard Salisbury’s letter
Appendix III: White heather
Index to Scientific Names
General Index: Common names, people, places and publications

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