Daboecia 'Jack Drake' Daboecia × scotica 'Jack Drake'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Daboecia 'Jack Drake'


'Jack Drake' is a low, spreading dwarf evergreen shrub to 15cm tall, with small, dark green ovate leaves. Flowers urn-shaped, to 10mm long, deep ruby-red, in erect racemes in late spring and early summer

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Jack Drake Irish Heath, Jack Drake St. Dabeoc's Heath

    • Common names

      Daboecia × scotica 'Jack Drake'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Daboecia cantabrica 'Jack Drake', commonly known as Jack Drake Irish heath, provides nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects.
    • Low Maintenance: Jack Drake Irish heath requires minimal care once established, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, this plant is relatively drought-tolerant, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: With its attractive bell-shaped flowers and evergreen foliage, Jack Drake Irish heath adds color and texture to gardens throughout the year.
    • Versatility: It can be used in a variety of garden settings, including borders, rock gardens, and containers.
    • Deer Resistance: Jack Drake Irish heath is not a preferred food source for deer, reducing the likelihood of damage in areas where deer are common.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its long flowering period from summer to fall, it provides visual interest throughout multiple seasons.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Props: Daboecia scotica 'Jack Drake', due to its striking blooms, can be used as a natural backdrop for macro photography, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of pictures.
    • Traditional Dye: The flowers and leaves of the plant can be used to create natural dyes for textiles, providing a range of colors depending on the mordants used.
    • Educational Tool: Botany students can study Daboecia scotica 'Jack Drake' to learn about plant hybridization and the characteristics of Ericaceae family members.
    • Lure for Pollinators: In gardens, this plant acts as a magnet for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, thus supporting local biodiversity.
    • Culinary Garnish: Although not common, the flowers of Daboecia scotica 'Jack Drake' can be used as edible garnishes for salads and desserts, provided they are free of pesticides.
    • Fragrance Extraction: The subtle scent of the flowers can be captured and used in the manufacturing of perfumes and scented products.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists can draw inspiration from the plant's form and color for paintings, textiles, or decorative patterns.
    • Theme Gardens: Daboecia scotica 'Jack Drake' can be featured in Celtic-themed gardens due to its Scottish origin, adding authenticity to the design.
    • Miniature Landscapes: With its compact size, the plant can be used in the creation of fairy gardens or miniature landscapes within containers.
    • Terrarium Inclusion: Suitable for temperate climate terrariums, adding visual interest with its foliage and blooms.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant_name is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant_name is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Endurance - 'Jack Drake' is a variety of Scottish Heath, a plant that naturally thrives in harsh environments of the Scottish highlands, symbolizing resilience and the ability to endure challenging conditions.
    • Protection - In traditional symbolism, heath plants are often associated with protection due to their dense, shrubby growth habit, which provides shelter in their native habitat.
    • Solitude - The preference of heath for growing in quiet, undisturbed places can represent a love for solitude and peacefulness.
    • Beauty - With its striking purple flowers, 'Jack Drake' adds a touch of natural beauty to landscapes, symbolizing the aesthetic pleasures of life.

Every 1-2 weeks
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Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Irish Heath 'Jack Drake' should be watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, as they prefer slightly damp conditions. Typically, watering once a week with around 1 gallon of water should suffice, but adjust according to weather conditions more often during hot, dry spells and less during cool, rainy periods. Ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent root rot. During the winter, reduce watering as the plant's growth slows down.

  • sunLight

    Irish Heath 'Jack Drake' thrives in a spot with full sun to partial shade. It prefers at least 6 hours of sunlight a day but can tolerate some light shade, especially in the hottest parts of the day. An east- or west-facing location where it can receive morning or evening sun is ideal for this plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Irish Heath 'Jack Drake' can survive in a broad range of temperatures but prefers cooler climates. Ideally, keep it in conditions where temperatures range between 35 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can withstand occasional dips below freezing, but prolonged exposure to temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit can harm the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Irish Heath 'Jack Drake' should be pruned to maintain its shape and encourage bushy growth. Prune in early spring, after the last frost but before new growth starts. Cut back the previous year's flowering shoots to within an inch of the older woody framework. Prune approximately once a year or every other year, as needed.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Scottish Heath 'Jack Drake' thrives in acidic soil with a pH of 4.5 to 6.0. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and pine bark suits it best, providing good drainage and aeration.

  • plantRepotting

    Scottish Heath 'Jack Drake' should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when it outgrows its pot, using the aforementioned soilmix for best results.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Scottish Heath 'Jack Drake' prefers moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50% and 70%, mimicking its native moorland conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light; keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Ensure acidic soil; partly shaded spot; shelter from harsh winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Daboecia × scotica 'Jack Drake', commonly known as Irish Heath 'Jack Drake', begins its life as a seed which germinates in moist, well-draining soil, typically in spring. Upon germination, the seedling emerges and develops into a young plant with characteristic needle-like leaves. As the plant matures, it enters a vegetative stage, growing in height and spread, forming a woody base with evergreen foliage. Throughout late spring to early autumn, 'Jack Drake' produces bell-shaped, purple flowers which attract pollinators and can result in the formation of seed capsules if pollination is successful. After flowering, seeds can be dispersed to start new plants, or the plant can also spread vegetatively through cuttings, which is a common method for cultivar propagation. Over the years, 'Jack Drake' will continue to grow and may require occasional pruning to maintain shape and encourage bushy growth, with the cycle of blooming and potential seed dispersal repeating annually.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Daboecia × scotica 'Jack Drake', commonly known as Scottish heath 'Jack Drake', is typically propagated by semi-ripe cuttings. This method is most successful during the late summer months. To propagate, a gardener would take a cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) from the current year's growth, making sure there is a heel of older wood at the base. The lower leaves are then stripped, and the cut end can be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development, although this is not always essential. The prepared cutting should be placed in a well-draining potting mix and kept in a humid environment until roots have established, at which point it can be potted on or planted out.