Prickly Heath 3 Colours - ShrubGaultheria mucronata
The Chaura (Gaultheria mucronata) is a native of South-America. It produces upright branches that are laden with large clusters of colourful berries throughout winter. Gaultheria mucronata ‘Royal Red’ bears a large amount of wonderful red coloured berries. ‘Pink Pearl’ is a bush with pink coloured berries. Chaura ‘White Pearl’ has magnificent white berries. All the varieties have small beautiful wintergreen leaves.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show morePlant Gaultheria mucronata as soon as possible after delivery, in a flower pot or a patio pot. Choose a pot with holes in the base to provide adequate drainage. Cover the bottom of the pot with potsherds or a layer of hydro granules. Put fresh potting compost in the pot and place the Gaultheria root ball at the right depth. Fill the pot with compost and press firmly. Water generously immediately after planting and put the pot in a sunny or a partially shaded spot. Line a porous pot on the inside with plastic or bubble wrap, or use an inner pot of plastic material. This will prevent evaporation and stop the root ball of the plant from drying out too quickly.
Gaultheria mucronata on the patioBecause the colourful berries of Gaultheria mucronata stay on the branches all winter long, this is a very popular pot plant. These cute bushes give extra colour to your patio in autumn and winter. Plant Gaultheria in flower pots, patio pots or baskets. The small berries look delightful combined with the leaves of Leucothoe ‘Scarletta’ and the flowers of the Pieris japonica ‘Passion’. If planted in a sheltered place, Gaultheria mucronata can also be grown in the garden.
Show moreWater Gaultheria mucronata regularly so that the root ball does not dry out. This small bush prefers to grow in acid soil, lime free soil. When preparing the ground add some garden peat into it. For good growth we recommend adding plant food to the irrigation water, regularly, during the flowering period. Ideally rain water should be used. Place the plant in a sheltered area and provide some protection during severe frost, using branches of conifers. In April you can cut away any unattractive branches, any further pruning is unnecessary.
Show moreOur collection of Gaultheria mucronata consists of three colours. ‘Royal Red’ has dark pink red berries, ‘Pink Pearl’ has light pink berries and ‘White Pearl’ is white. The closely branched compact bush is wintergreen and can survive well during the cold weather. In springtime Gaultheria flowers with small white flowers, followed by rather large berries in comparison to the flowers. This bush is dioecious. That means that a female plant only bears berries when a male bush is in close vicinity. The old name for this small bush is Pernettya and is commonly known as 'Prickly Heath’.