Bell heather 'Alba Minor'

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Erica cinerea f. alba, or Bell Heather, is well named as it sports delightful bell-shaped blooms from early summer through to early autumn. It’s a compact, evergreen shrub that has bright green, needle like leaves, that contrast beautifully when it becomes covered in its white flowers. She’s a very hardy little plant, coping admirably with all that the weather can throw at her. This means she’s the perfect choice for a low-maintenance garden. Looks fabulous in a cottage garden, in containers or anywhere that you might need ground cover.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-8
Heat zone
  • H8-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -7
Heat days
  • 45 - 120
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
  • 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 cinerea f. alba, or Bell Heather, is well named as it sports delightful bell-shaped blooms from early summer through to early autumn. It’s a compact, evergreen shrub that has bright green, needle like leaves, that contrast beautifully when it becomes covered in its white flowers. She’s a very hardy little plant, coping admirably with all that the weather can throw at her. This means she’s the perfect choice for a low-maintenance garden. Looks fabulous in a cottage garden, in containers or anywhere that you might need ground cover.