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Erica cinerea ‘Purpurea’

Bell flower heather

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to September
  • Height0.15m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourReddish purple, pink
  • Leaf ColourDark green-grey

Description

Erica cinerea ‘Purpurea’ (Bell flower heather). A compact, low-spreading semi-evergreen shrub, is one of the prettiest of all the heaths native throughout western Europe including the British Isles. Produces profuse, small, crowded, reddish purple and pink bell-shaped flowers from early summer to early autumn. The stiff ends of the twisted branches ascend to 30-45 cm high. There are many named cultivars, varying chiefly in flower colour from white to the richest rose purple; some also have golden or coppery foliage. ‘Kerry Cherry’ and ‘Crimson King’ are attractive cultivars. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Semi-evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Western Europe including the British Isles.

Interest and use

Walls, rock garden, heaths. Summer interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed or from cuttings in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to root rot.

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