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HEATHERS Erica

Commonly known as Heath

A shrub to bring a moorland character to your garden.

Genus of more than 800 species of evergreen trees, shrubs and subshrubs from a variety of habitats from wet moorland to dry heathland in Europe, western Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, northern Africa, Macaronesia, montane habitats in tropical Africa and especially temperate southern Africa (Cape heaths). They often dominate heathland and moorland and this is mirrored in miniature with their ground-covering characteristics in garden planting.

E.carnea, Alpine or Winter heath flowers from winter to mid spring, cinerea, bell heather from early summer to early autumn, vagans, Cornish heath, from midsummer to mid-autumn and x darleyensis, a particularly useful groundcover, from late autumn through winter to early spring. All are an excellent source of nectar for bees.

Native ericas are E. ciliaris, Dorset heath found also in Devon, Cornwall and the west of Ireland, E. cinerea, Bell heather, common on the drier areas of moorland and tetralix, Cross-leaved heath. common except for the Midlands. E. vagans, in the wild, is found on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - prostrate to tree like shrubs. Whorled, mainly linear leaves. Bell- to urn-shaped flowers.
  • Ground cover - These plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - E. vagans and E. williamsii will tolerate alkaline soil.
  • Pests & Diseases - fungal attack fom Phytophthora root rot, Pythium, and Rhizoctonia in warm, wet conditions.
  • Place of origin - Europe, temperate Africa, western and central Asia.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Soil Conditions - Acid / ericaceous loving
  • Fertile well drained soil - open site
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly

Buy Varieties of HEATHERS Erica

HEATHERS Erica arborea 'Albert's Gold'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica arborea 'Albert's Gold'  >


Commonly known as: Tree heath.
Tree heath with scented white flowers in early spring and the brightest golden foliage
£13.00 each

HEATHERS Erica arborea 'Estrella Gold'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica arborea 'Estrella Gold'  >


Commonly known as: Tree heath.
Hardy slow growing variety with yellow young foliage
£13.50 each

HEATHERS Erica canaliculata   AWARD

HEATHERS Erica canaliculata  >


Commonly known as: Cape heath, Channelled heath.
Cape heath with pale pink flowers
£14.50 each

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Ann Sparkes'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Ann Sparkes'  >


Commonly known as: Alpine heath, Winter heath.
Rose-pink. Yellow-bronze foliage
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Eva'  AWARD

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Commonly known as: Alpine heath, Winter heath.
Magenta flowers
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Foxhollow'  AWARD

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Commonly known as: Alpine heath, Winter heath.
Pale lavender, yellow foliage
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Isabell'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Isabell'  >


Commonly known as: Alpine heath, Winter heath.
White
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£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'  >


Commonly known as: Alpine heath, Winter heath.
Ruby red
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Pink Spangles'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Pink Spangles'  >


Commonly known as: Alpine heath, Winter heath.
Large pale pink
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Winter Snow'  AWARD

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Commonly known as: Alpine heath, Winter heath.
White
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£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica cinerea 'Joseph Murphy'

HEATHERS Erica cinerea 'Joseph Murphy'  >


Commonly known as: Bell heather, Grey heath.
Purple
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£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica cinerea 'Katinka'

HEATHERS Erica cinerea 'Katinka'  >


Commonly known as: Bell heather, Grey heath.
Deep beetroot coloured
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each

HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Red'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Red'  >


Commonly known as: Darley Dale heath.
Magenta flowers, bronze-green foliage
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Phoebe'

HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Phoebe'  >


Commonly known as: Darley Dale heath.
Salmon flowers
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£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Tweety'

HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Tweety'  >


Commonly known as: Darley Dale heath.
Magenta flowers on gold foliage
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£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'White Perfection'  AWARD

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Commonly known as: Darley Dale heath.
White flowers, erect habit
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each

HEATHERS Erica erigena 'Irish Dusk'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica erigena 'Irish Dusk'  >


Commonly known as: Irish heath, Mediterranean heath.
Rose-pink, greyish foliage
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£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica erigena 'W.T. Rackliff'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica erigena 'W.T. Rackliff'  >


Commonly known as: Irish heath, Mediterranean heath.
Globose white form
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£3.75 each
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HEATHERS Erica vagans 'Mrs D.F. Maxwell'  AWARD

HEATHERS Erica vagans 'Mrs D.F. Maxwell'  >


Commonly known as: Cornish heath.
Deep cerise flowers
Multibuy Any 10+ £3.50 each
£3.75 each
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