Common Name: 
Irish Heath

Two species (D. cantabrica and D. azorica) of evergreen, low, heather-like shrubs.  Leaves simple, alternate, small, 5-10 mm, elliptic, green above and silver below.  Flowers in loose clusters, corolla 4-lobed, 8 enclosed stamens.  Fruit an oblong, 4-valved, many seeded capsule.  Native to coastal areas from Ireland to Portugal and in the Azores.  Grow best in moist, acid soils; trim after flowering.
Daboecia: commemorating the Irish Saint Dabeoc (note spelling difference, blame Linnaeus).

Pronunciation: 
da-bo-EE-shi-a
Family: 
Ericaceae