Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Epacris 'Cranbourne Bells' is a selection from a wild population of Epacris impressa growing outside the northern boundary of the Cranbourne Annexe of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria and was made by Mr. Ian Graham in 1984. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in September 1986. Registration applied for by W R and G M Elliot of Montrose, Victoria.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar has a similar growth habit and features as E. impressa. The flowers have multiple corollas, sometimes greater than 10 lobes per flower. Individual flowers are 10mm long by 7mm wide. The flowers are pinkish opening to white. The flowering season is from August to October.
DIAGNOSIS: Epacris 'Cranbourne Bells' can be distinguished by its white flowers with multiple corollas. Another form with multiple corollas is E. impressa var.grandiflora, a form from the Grampian mountains. This form has pink flowers and leaves that are much longer than the flowers, making it easy to distinguish from the former.
CULTIVATION: Cultivation requirements are as for E.impressa. As for many Epacris it may have a short lifespan. Cultivation in a free draining mix as a potted specimen will give good results. The frost resistance and drought hardiness have not been tested but should be similar to E.impressa.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966.
corolla: white group 155B.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC384; ACRA230; CBG8603193.
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 21 October 1988