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Erica ciliaris ‘Mrs C. H. Gill’

Ciliate heath

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.3m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourDark grey-green

Description

Erica ciliaris ‘Mrs C. H. Gill’ (Ciliate heath). Bears red flowers in early summer to mid-autumn and dark grey-green leaves.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Heath

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and foliage (the latter all year round). Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH4.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

After flowering each year the plants can be lightly pruned to keep a bushy and compact habit.

Propagation

Seed in spring for species or for cultivators by softwood cuttings, division or by dropping in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to root rot.

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