Winter heath

Erica carnea 'Whitehall'

Winter heath - Erica carnea  'Whitehall'

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

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.15 m (15 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: January to March

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 white urn-shaped flowers appear from January to March among bright green foliage. This winter heather has an upright and compact habit making it a particularly suitable container plant. Try it in a pot near the house with winter-flowering pansies and early-flowering crocuses where it will lift the spirits in the depths of winter. In the garden it looks best planted in bold drifts among other heathers or beneath deciduous trees. As 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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