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Heath

Erica

 


Description:

Heath is a ground-hugging plant often considered to be a small shrub.  It is identified by it's needle-like foliage and small, bell-shaped flowers ranging from white to pink to purple to deep red.  Avoid planting in heavy wet soils.    (Pollen can cause mild allergy in certain people.)

 

Common Name: Heath, Winter Heath, Bell Heather
Botanical Name: Erica
Type: Evergreen Shrub
Soil Preference: Darleyensis types will grow in moist soil, but prefers sandy soil.  Carnea types will grow in moist soil but prefers well-drained, loamy or sandy soils.  Cineria types will grow in moist soil but prefers well-drained soil.
Light Requirements: Full sun or light shade
Attributes: Suitable for cut and dried flowers
Pests: Scale
Diseases: Powdery mildew, rot, rust.
Care: It is recommended to mulch before the onset of winter to protect from damage caused by the cold temperatures and wind.  

See individual plant descriptions for pruning and fertilizing information as they differ.

Planting Instructions:
Rhododendrons & Azaleas
*Erica is part of the Rhodo/Azalea family*
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
To view our catalog or availability, click here

 


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Erica carnea 'Bell's Extra Special'
Winter Heath
Description:  Purple-blue flowers January-May.  Whisky colored foliage flecked with orange and gold.  Neat and tidy form.
Light shearing when young will form dense growth; this will help prevent the plant from forming bare wood in the center.  Trim right after bloom is finished.  Prefers a slightly acid to alkaline soil so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: Purple-blue
Bloom Time: January-May
Foliage Color: Whisky
Height: 6"
Spread: 16"


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Erica carnea 'Clare Wilkinson'
Winter Heath
 
Description:  Shell pink flowers January-May.  Medium green foliage has violet tips in fall. Light shearing when young will form dense growth; this will help prevent the plant from forming bare wood in the center.  Trim right after bloom is finished.  Prefers a slightly acid to alkaline soil so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: Shell pink
Bloom Time: January-May
Foliage Color: Medium green
Height: 6-8"
Spread: 14"


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Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'
Winter Heath
 
Description:  The flowers open heliotrope (purple-blue) then deepen to magenta to crimson as the season progresses. Light shearing when young will form dense growth; this will help prevent the plant from forming bare wood in the center.   Trim right after bloom is finished.  Prefers a slightly acid to alkaline soil so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: Purple to red
Bloom Time: January-May
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 18"
Spread: 18"


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Erica carnea 'Pirbright Rose'
Winter Heath
 
Description:  Reddish-purple flowers Dec-April.  Foliage is green and tinged with red. Light shearing when young will form dense growth; this will help prevent the plant from forming bare wood in the center.  Trim right after bloom is finished.  Prefers a slightly acid to alkaline soil so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: Reddish-purple
Bloom Time: December-April
Foliage Color: Green, tinged red
Height: 6"
Spread: 12"


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Erica carnea 'Springwood White'
Winter Heath
Description:  White flowers atop bright green foliage.  Light shearing when young will form dense growth; this will help prevent the plant from forming bare wood in the center.  Trim right after bloom is finished.  Prefers a slightly acid to alkaline soil so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: January-May
Foliage Color: Bright green
Height: 8"
Spread: 24"


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Erica cinerea 'Alba Minor'
Bell Heather
 
Description:  White flowers atop bright green foliage. Prefers an acidic soil so fertilize with Holly-tone.  Prune below old flowers in early spring.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: July-November
Foliage Color: Bright green
Height: 8"
Spread: 22"


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Erica cinerea 'Atropurpurea'
Bell Heather
 
Description:  Amethyst purple flowers June-October.  Dark green leaves in a bushy form. Prefers an acidic soil so fertilize with Holly-tone.   Prune below old flowers in early spring.
Bloom Color: Amethyst purple
Bloom Time: June-October
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 10"
Spread: 22"


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Erica cinerea 'C.D. Eason'
Bell Heather
Description:  Bright magenta flowers bloom June-September atop dark green foliage. Prefers an acidic soil so fertilize with Holly-tone.  Prune below old flowers in early spring.
Bloom Color: Magenta
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 9"
Spread: 20"


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Erica cinerea 'Foxhollow Mahogany'
Bell Heather
Description:  Distinctive ruby flowers bloom July-November.  Good dark green foliage.  Makes a great ground cover.  Found new St. Ives England by John F. Letts of "Foxhollow".  Prefers an acidic soil so fertilize with Holly-tone.  Prune below old flowers in early spring.
Bloom Color: Ruby
Bloom Time: July-November
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 8"
Spread: 20"


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Erica cinerea 'P.S. Patrick'
Bell Heather
Description:  Purple flowers bloom June-September atop dark green foliage. It's habit is upright. Prefers an acidic soil so fertilize with Holly-tone.   Prune below old flowers in early spring.
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 8"
Spread: 18"


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Erica cinerea 'Velvet Night'
Bell Heather
Description:  Deep, beetroot red flowers June-September.   Foliage is dark green. Prefers an acidic soil so fertilize with Holly-tone.   Prune below old flowers in early spring.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 10"
Spread: 24"


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Erica x darleyensis 'Darley Dale'
Winter Flowering Hybrid Heath
Description:  Shell to deep pink flowers Sept-May.  Medium green foliage produces a bushy, spreading plant.  Light shearing when plant is young is good.  Prune to shape soon after blooming. Prefers slightly acidic to alkaline soils so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: September-May
Foliage Color: Medium green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 36"


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Erica x darlyensis 'Jenny Porter'
Winter Flowering Hybrid Heath
Description:  Lilac flowers Jan-May.  The medium green foliage has creamy tips in spring. Light shearing when plant is young is good.  Prune to shape soon after blooming. Prefers slightly acidic to alkaline soils so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: Lilac
Bloom Time: January-May
Foliage Color: Medium green
Height: 10"
Spread: 24"


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Erica x darlyensis 'Kramer's Rote'
Winter Flowering Hybrid Heath
Description:  This hybrid heath has compact form and an upright, bushy habit. Its small, bell-shaped flowers are clear reddish purple and are arranged along stems held at varying angles, which creates textural interest.
Bloom Color: Magenta
Bloom Time: January-April
Foliage Color: Medium green
Height: 15"
Spread: 24"


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Erica x darlyensis 'Margaret Porter'
Winter Flowering Hybrid Heath
Description:  Lilac flowers late winter to spring.  Mid-green foliage has creamy tips in spring.  Forms a neat, mounded plant.   Light shearing when plant is young is good.  Prune to shape soon after blooming. Prefers slightly acidic to alkaline soils so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: Lilac
Bloom Time: December-May
Foliage Color: Medium Green
Height: 6-8"
Spread: 12-18"


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Erica x darleyensis 'Silberschmelze'
Winter Flowering Hybrid Heath
Description:  White flowers atop medium green foliage. Bushy form. Light shearing when plant is young is good.  Prune to shape soon after blooming. Prefers slightly acidic to alkaline soils so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: October-May
Foliage Color: Medium green
Height: 15-18"
Spread: 36"


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Erica x darleyensis 'W.G. Pine'
Winter Flowering Hybrid Heath
Description:  Pink to purple flowers December-April.  Dark green foliage is tipped with red in spring.  Light shearing when plant is young is good.  Prune to shape soon after blooming. Prefers slightly acidic to alkaline soils so fertilize with Plant-tone.
Bloom Color: Pink to purple
Bloom Time: December-April
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 8"
Spread: 20"


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Erica x stuartii 'Irish Lemon'
Stuart's Heath
Description:  Large mauve flowers bloom from May to September.  Brilliant lemon yellow tips appear in spring and persists after the flowering starts.  *spring foliage shown in picture* Can be fertilized with a regular or acidic fertilizer such as Plant-tone or Holly-tone. Prune below old flowers in early spring.
Bloom Color: Mauve
Bloom Time: May-September
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 8-10"
Spread: 18-24"


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Erica x stuartii 'Irish Orange'
Stuart's Heath
Description:  Medium green foliage has yellow new growth.   Lilac pink flowers bloom June-September.  *spring tips shown, right*  Can be fertilized with a regular or acidic fertilizer such as Plant-tone or Holly-tone. Prune below old flowers in early spring.
Bloom Color: Lilac pink
Bloom Time: June-September
Foliage Color: Medium green
Height: 10"
Spread: 18"

 

 

 

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