Winter Heath

Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'

Winter Heath - Erica carnea  'Myretoun Ruby'

Common Name: Winter Heath
Genus: Erica
Species: carnea
Cultivar: 'Myretoun Ruby'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Provides winter colour, Long flowering period
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit, RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.25 m (25 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: January to May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Masses of small urn-shaped deep pink flowers maturing to magenta then crimson smother the plant from January to May and contrast beautifully with the fine dark green foliage. Low and spreading in habit it's useful groundcover for sunny well-drained areas of the garden and looks at home planted in bold drifts with other heathers. Though it prefers acid soil, the plant will tolerate mildly alkaline soil and partial shade.

Garden Care: During the growing season water regularly applying a half-strength application of a balanced liquid fertiliser every four weeks. After the plant has flowered trim with shears or secateurs to remove the dead flowers and encourage bushy growth.


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