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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.
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
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 -