One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting plants of the heather family (Ericaceae ).
- ‘O'Connell and Johnston, for example, found that microhabitat characteristics (e.g. presence of ericaceous shrubs or open canopy) had a larger effect on pollination success in the orchid Cypripedium acaule than floral traits.’
- ‘Ledum groenlandicum, Labrador tea, is an ericaceous evergreen shrub of acidic, wet areas common to northern regions of North America.’
- ‘The forest ground vegetation is mostly dominated by ericaceous dwarf shrubs.’
- ‘Eradication of wild blueberries or other ericaceous plants in the vicinity of the blueberry planting is advised.’
- ‘Like other ericaceous plants, blueberries must be grown in acid soils so if azaleas and camellias do well in your garden, these will too.’
- 1.1 (of compost) suitable for heathers and other lime-hating plants.
- ‘Camellias like acid soil so plant in a clay pot filled with ericaceous compost.’
- ‘Try growing it in a container in an ericaceous, well-drained compost.’
- ‘In early spring, apply a top dressing of ericaceous compost to give the plant a boost.’
- ‘Two years ago it was with great difficulty removed from its pot, its roots cut back and fresh ericaceous compost added.’
- ‘They arrived very well packed and I've potted them up into large tubs of ericaceous compost since they won't like our local soil.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Ericaceae (plural), from the genus name Erica (see erica).
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