Alpine Heath 'Ann Sparkes'

Erica carnea 'Ann Sparkes' | Also known as: Winter Heath 'Ann Sparkes' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Erica carnea is an evergreen, spreading shrub that is well up to coping with the fickle UK weather. There’s no worry about frosts and snow with this little lady, hence her common name of Alpine Heath. She sports needle like leaves, and from late winter through to the spring becomes covered in pink, red and, on occasion, white blooms. This makes it a great choice for adding early season colour to the garden. Add to this that she’s easy to grow and requires little maintenance, and you can see she makes a fabulous choice for anyone looking for an addition to a low-maintenance garden.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.15
Spread [m]
  • 0.25
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Brown or bronze
Foliage in summer
  • Yellow
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Foliage in winter
  • Yellow
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Mat-forming
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-7
Heat zone
  • H7-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -12
Heat days
  • 30 - 90
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Long season of interest
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Banks and slopes
  • Ground cover
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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Erica carnea

Alpine Heath

PLANTS Erica carnea

Erica carnea is an evergreen, spreading shrub that is well up to coping with the fickle UK weather. There’s no worry about frosts and snow with this little lady, hence her common name of Alpine Heath. She sports needle like leaves, and from late winter through to the spring becomes covered in pink, red and, on occasion, white blooms. This makes it a great choice for adding early season colour to the garden. Add to this that she’s easy to grow and requires little maintenance, and you can see she makes a fabulous choice for anyone looking for an addition to a low-maintenance garden.