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Erica carnea (Winter Heath, Spring Heather)

Type: Species | Edit History      Plant ID - 9000768



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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Erica
Species: Erica carnea
 
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Plant Types edit
  • Evergreen
  • Ground Cover
  • Ornamental
  • Shrub
Zones / Hardiness edit
  • 6a (to -5 F / -21 C)
  • 6b (to 0 F / -18 C)
  • 7a (to 5 F / -15 C)
  • 7b (to 10 F / -12 C)
  • 8a (to 15 F / -9 C)
  • 8b (to 20 F / -7 C)
Height (Maximum) edit
  • 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm)
Spread (Maximum) edit
  • 1 1/2 to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm)
Flowering Start edit
  • December
Flowering End edit
  • May
Leaf Colour edit
  • Green - Dark
Leaf Shape edit
  • Acicular
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Suitable For edit
  • Border/Bed
  • Edging
  • Alpine/Rock Garden
  • Coastal Garden
  • Cottage Garden
  • Flower Arranging/Drying
  • Low Maintenance Garden
  • Woodland Garden
Sun Exposure edit
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
Soil Types edit
  • Dry
  • Well-drained
  • Loamy / Medium
  • Sandy / Light
Soil pH edit
  • 6.0 - 6.4 (Slightly acidic)
  • 6.5 - 6.9 (Very slightly acidic)
  • 7.0 (Neutral)
  • 7.1 - 7.5 (Very slightly alkaline)
  • 7.6 - 8.0 (Slightly alkaline)
Bloom Colour edit
  • Pink
  • White
Wildlife Value edit
  • Bees
Propagation Techniques edit
  • Layering - Simple
Skill Level edit
  • Beginner
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Droopy (10087)
Frank (2697)

Plant suggested by: Droopy (10087)


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Droopy (10087) wrote on Mar 29 2009
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The spring heathers start their blooming very early, and will provide colour in the garden before anything else even think about blooming. Since they're evergreen they're a good choice in places with frost but little snow during winter. Takes well to hard pruning. Without pruning they tend to grow too "leggy".

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