Alpine Heath

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

Winter Heath, sounds like a chilly place to be.

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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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.25
Spread [m]
  • 0.55
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-7
Heat zone
  • H7-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -12
Heat days
  • 30 - 90
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Long season of interest
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Banks and slopes
  • Ground cover
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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