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Erica herbacea

Spring heath

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to June
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourRed shades
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Erica herbacea (Spring heath). A low-growing, spreading evergreen perennial shrub. Leaves are narrow and green, raceme or cluster of flowers are red shades and are produced in early spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Snow heath, Heath

Origin

Europe, Africa , Asia

Interest and use

Winter/Spring interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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