Winter heath

Erica carnea 'Rosalie'

Winter heath - Erica carnea  'Rosalie'

Common Name: Winter heath
Genus: Erica
Species: carnea
Cultivar: 'Rosalie'

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers, Provides winter colour, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.15 m (15 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: Bronze, GreenFlowering Period: January to April

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



    Masses of bright pink urn-shaped flowers from January to April appear among bronze-green foliage. This low upright winter heather looks most at home planted with other heathers or in a large permeable container with winter-flowering pansies, ivies and early-flowering crocuses. In the garden it looks best planted in bold drifts among other heathers or beneath deciduous trees. Since it tolerates mildly alkaline soil there's no need to use a special potting compost.

  • 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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