Pieris japonica (Japanische Lavendelheide)

Pieris japonica (Japanese andromeda) is a plant in the heather family, Ericaceae. It is native to eastern China, Taiwan, and Japan where it grows in mountain thickets. It is a popular plant here in Germany and is called Japanische Lavendelheide.

It is also widely cultivated in gardens, and parent to the cultivated hybrid Pieris 'Forest Flame'.

Pieris japonica is a shrub or a small tree with alternate, simple leaves on brittle stems. The flowers are white and borne in early spring. The plant is poisonous if consumed by people or animals.

The name "andromeda" originated from an earlier genus name for the plant. The flower blooms and lasts usually for two or three weeks (source: wikipedia)

This plant needs humid but more water-permeable, prefers lime (sour) soil rich in humus in the very bright half-shade. In the full shade the blossom decreases. The plant could be protected from late frost and best to put it near a wall and sheltered from the wind.

Trimming could be done directly after blossom, withered flower should be remove.  Propagation could be through cuttings planted in Spring.


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