Irish Heath

Erica erigena | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Irish Heath, the basis of many a good folk tale.

Erica Erigena is an evergreen shrub with needle like, mid green leaves. Also known as Irish Heath, it’s a fabulous choice for adding early season colour as it flowers from late winter through to late spring. The blooms are mauve in colour and shaped like tiny bells. There are many different cultivars of this plant, and some of them have blooms that are highly fragrant, many smelling delightfully of honey. It’s very hardy, and although the top of the plant might become damaged in severe frost, it usually recovers very well.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.2 - 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late 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
  • Bushy
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-9
Heat zone
  • H9-8
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - -1
Heat days
  • 90 - 150
  • 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
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Banks and slopes
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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