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

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HEATHERS Erica arborea 'Albert's Gold'

HEATHERS Erica arborea 'Albert's Gold'

Tree heath

Tree heath with scented white flowers in early spring and the brightest golden foliage

 
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HEATHERS Erica arborea 'Estrella Gold'

HEATHERS Erica arborea 'Estrella Gold'

Tree heath

hardy slow growing variety with yellow young foliage

 
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HEATHERS Erica canaliculata

HEATHERS Erica canaliculata

Cape heath, Channelled heath

Cape heath with pale pink flowers

 
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Ann Sparkes'

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Ann Sparkes'

Alpine heath, Winter heath

rose-pink. Yellow-bronze foliage

 
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'December Red'

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'December Red'

Alpine heath, Winter heath

deep pink

 
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Eva'

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Eva'

Alpine heath, Winter heath

magenta flowers

 
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Foxhollow'

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Foxhollow'

Alpine heath, Winter heath

pale lavender, yellow foliage

 
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'

Alpine heath, Winter heath

ruby red

 
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Pink Spangles'

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Pink Spangles'

Alpine heath, Winter heath

large pale pink

 
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HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Winter Snow'

HEATHERS Erica carnea 'Winter Snow'

Alpine heath, Winter heath

white

 
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HEATHERS Erica cerinthoides

HEATHERS Erica cerinthoides

Fire heath

Tree heather. Tubular flowers, usually red-orange.

 
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HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Darley Dale'

HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Darley Dale'

Darley Dale heath

pink flowers, cream tips in spring

 
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HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Eva Gold'

HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Eva Gold'

Darley Dale heath

golden leaves and magenta pink flowers

 
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HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Ghost Hills'

HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Ghost Hills'

Darley Dale heath

purple-pink flowers, bright green foliage and cream tips in spring

 
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HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Red'

HEATHERS Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Red'

Darley Dale heath

magenta flowers, bronze-green foliage

 
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