Bell Heather

Erica cinerea | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Ring in the changes with a bell heather.

Bell Heather or, to give it its Latin name, Erica cinerea, is a compact, evergreen shrub that’s extremely well equipped to cope with everything that Mother Nature can throw at it. This makes it an ideal choice for our fickle British climate. It has dark green, needle like leaves and from early summer through to early autumn bears bell shaped flowers in various shades of pink, dark red and, on occasion, white. For the best results plant in a full sunlight location.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.2 - 0.25
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • layering
Growth habit
  • Mound-forming
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
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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