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Erica (Heath)
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Including Erica carnea, Erica darleyensis, Erica cinerea, Erica x darleyensis, and Erica erigena

Erica

Heath

Heaths have fine, short, needlelike evergreen leaves that vary from deep green to silver, gold, or chartreuse. Tiny, urn-shaped flowers sparkle like hoarfrost, in shades from white to pinks and rosy purples. Though most floriferous in winter and early spring, (and highly welcome at that dreary time!), a scheme for year-round color can be developed by combining with Callunas.

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Erica carnea ‘Ann Sparkes’  full sun  partial shade

A beacon of dazzling color, the low-to-the-ground mat is cloaked in distinctive needlelike foliage set aglow with gilded yellow hues and bronzy red tips. Resulting as a sport from ‘Vivellii’ and named by J. W. Sparkes in 1955 for his sister-in-law, this lambent beauty is further heightened when her carmine-red racemes unfurl, cheering up a drab winter landscape.

Blooms February – March.

Size: 6"–9" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Erica carnea ‘Ann Sparkes’ (S-0637)
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Erica carnea ‘Golden Starlet’  full sun  partial shade

This shining starlet guarantees a year-round performance. Bred by Germany’s Kurt Kramer, ‘Golden Starlet’ is favored for its bright golden foliage, snowy white blooms and tidy, low spreading habit. During the summer months, the leaves attain a glowing yellow hue, while cooler weather brings lime-green accents and splendid flowers that last all winter.

Blooms December–March.

Size: 6" high x 16" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica carnea ‘Golden Starlet’ (S-0457)
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Erica carnea ‘King George’  full sun  partial shade

Deemed one of the loveliest and most decorative Heaths, this highly touted Erica displays bright rosy red flowers on a tidy, compact mound of Yew green foliage. Be sure to reserve a prominent spot for ‘King George’s abundant blooms, so you can easily relish them during winters’ gray days.

Blooms December–March.

Size: 6"–9" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica carnea ‘King George’ (S-0214)
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Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’  full sun  partial shade
Erica carnea Myretoun Ruby

Donning the name of a castle in Wigton, Scotland, ‘Myretoun Ruby’s low spreading, Yew-green needles and deep reddish purple blooms achieve a gemlike opulence. Perhaps the darkest red flowering carnea cultivar in cultivation, this Erica’s saturated blossoms age with bright crimson highlights. Nestle amid Ajuga ‘Emerald Chip’, and relish the wintertime splendor.

Blooms December–March.

Size: 10"–12" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’ (S-0175)
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Erica carnea ‘Pink Spangles’  full sun  partial shade
Erica carnea Pink Spangles

Distinguished by large, two-toned blooms and a robust yet gracious form, ‘Pink Spangles’ paints the winter landscape with a truly dynamic floral display. Shell pink sepals and rosier pink petals that open from lime-colored buds ornament this superb ground cover’s medium green, spreading foliage.

Blooms January–March.

Size: 9"–12" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica carnea ‘Pink Spangles’ (S-0213)
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Erica carnea ‘Schneekuppe’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

The result of some meticulous Erica ‘Snow Queen’ and Erica ‘Springwood White’ hybridizing by legendary plantsman Kurt Kramer, this compact much improved cultivar is near the top of many plant lover’s favorite Erica list. German for snow peak, ‘Schneekuppe’ commands its name when a long lasting avalanche of urn-shaped pure white flowers tumbles over low well-groomed bright green foliage. Tailor-made for tight spots, the rockery or drifts, its hardy easy-care foundation imparts illuminated floral accents during the winter months plus cream-colored new foliar growth as a spring bonus.

Blooms January–March

Size: 6" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica carnea ‘Schneekuppe’ (S-0821)
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Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’  full sun  partial shade
Erica carnea Springwood Pink

Clear pink flowers engulf the forest green foliage, followed by vigorous spring growth that sprouts bright bronze. Pair it in a drift with ‘Springwood White’.

Blooms October-January.

Size: 10" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’ (S-0015)
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Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’  full sun  partial shade
Erica carnea Springwood White

Creamy buds open into white flowers on this old favorite in the trade. A vigorous ground cover, it can handle inland heat and tough conditions. ‘Martha Herman’ is its best mate.

Blooms October–January.

Size: 10" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’ (S-0016)
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Erica carnea ‘Vivelli’  full sun  partial shade

This Heath brings carmine red flowers that cover a low spreading form. Its deep green summer foliage bronzes after the first frost. Match this gem with white varieties.

Blooms October-January.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica carnea ‘Vivelli’ (S-0725)
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Erica cinerea ‘C. D. Eason’  full sun  partial shade
Erica cinerea C. D. Eason

Distinctive for its deep green, fine textured foliage and pleasing appearance, this summer blooming Erica was named in honor of the man who discovered it—Australian born Charles Eason. Very tiny short needles and slender branches make an ideal foil for the freely borne, dense clusters of glowing dark pink flowers.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 12" high x 15"–20" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica cinerea ‘C. D. Eason’ (S-0565)
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Erica cinerea ‘Purple Beauty’  full sun  partial shade
Twisted Heath
Erica cinerea Purple Beauty

It was a British couple, Mr. and Mrs. Letts, whose keen eyes first noted this summer flowering beauty in the wilds of Cornwall and later introduced it. Ample-sized, more than abundant and long blooming, the luminous amethyst flowers sparkle like jewels upon the vigorous dark green needlelike foliage that defines ‘Purple Beauty’s exquisite, low bushy habit.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 12" high x 22" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica cinerea ‘Purple Beauty’ (S-0471)
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Erica x darleyensis ‘Furzey’  full sun  partial shade
Erica x darleyensis Furzey

Deep magenta flowers decorate this durable evergreen when most plants are dormant. It’s happiest in full sun and interesting with Hebe ‘New Zealand Gold’. Some experts believe ‘Furzey’ has the best flower color among Ericas.

Blooms October–January.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica x darleyensis ‘Furzey’ (S-0018)
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Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Red’  full sun  partial shade  new plant
Erica darleyensis Kramer’s Red

Named for Kurt Kramer of Germany, this ornate Heath’s plushly colored flowers outclass most other Erica cultivars. Stiff branches hold dark green foliage, enhanced in winter by bronze highlights and closely set chartreuse buds, which open into cerise-magenta blooms.

Blooms November–January.

Size: 15" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Red’ (S-0564)
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Erica x darleyensis ‘Margaret Porter’  full sun  partial shade
Erica darleyensis Margaret Porter

We have Ireland’s James W. Porter to thank for this attractive low spreading Erica. Light-colored buds precede dainty deep lilac urns, studding ‘Margaret Porter’s attractive mid-green needles, which burnish bronzy hues during the winter months.

Blooms January-May.

Size: 10" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica x darleyensis ‘Margaret Porter’ (S-0019)
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Erica x darleyensis ‘Mary Helen’  full sun  partial shade

Discovered as a chance seedling at the British nursery, Holden Clough, and named for the owners’ daughter, this outstanding bushy cultivar is distinguished by erect racemes of lovely rose pink blooms and lucent short-needled golden yellow leaves that brandish warm bronze shades during the colder months. The x darleyensis hybrids combine ironclad mettles with innate good looks, conquering variable moisture plus an array of soil types far better than most Ericas, and spirited ‘Mary Helen’ is a fetching example. Highly effective when massed, her stylish countenance lends colorful year-round allure to a stone wall, Heather garden or mixed border.

Blooms February-April

Size: 10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica x darleyensis ‘Mary Helen’ (S-0801)
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Erica erigena ‘W. T. Rackliff’  full sun  partial shade
Erica erigena W. T. Rackliff

The pristine white flowers stand out against the deep green foliage, yet we favor this Heath for its form, which clumps to an almost spherical mound.

Blooms October–January.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 7.

Erica erigena ‘W. T. Rackliff’ (S-0020)
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Erica vagans ‘Mrs. D. F. Maxwell’  full sun  partial shade
Cornish Heather
Erica vagans Mrs. D. F. Maxwell

Applauded throughout the world as one of the most cherished Heaths, this Erica’s deep cherry red blooms have as much charm as the story behind them. Mrs. Maxwell’s discerning eye first spotted its robust good-looking form while on her honeymoon in Cornwall, England and promptly sent home cuttings! Elevated above a low, deep green bush, the long upright racemes of cylindrically arranged, irresistible blooms open from the bottom up and when spent, persist through the winter burnished in russet brown hues.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Erica vagans ‘Mrs. D. F. Maxwell’ (S-0607)
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