St Dabeoc’s heath, Daboecia cantabrica, is native in Ireland.
Sprawling or compact shrub, to 40cm (16in) tall, spreading to 70cm (28in); leaves glossy, dark green 1.5cm (2/3in) long, 6mm (¼in) wide; flowers about 1cm (3/8in) long, usually lavender, summer to autumn. Suitable for USDA zone 6 with protection but some winter damage can occur if planted in heavy ground or frost pockets.
Flowers the same colour as ‘Amelie‘ (red); a favourite with buyers at the recent Hampton Court show.
Selected by Johannes van Leuven in August 2007 from 15,000 seedlings.
Named, with her consent, after the actress Andrea Sawatzki.
® D.2009:02 registered on 19 August 2009 by Johannes van Leuven, Geldem-Lullingen, Germany.