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Winter Heaths (page 3 of 3)

by Alice Knight

Pests and Diseases

Heaths are easy to grow and have few natural enemies. However, well-drained soil will help prevent root rot, or erica wilt (Phytophthora cinnamoni). This fungal disease kills the roots, causing the foliage to wilt and die. Fungicides are available, but prevention is ultimately easier.

A Selection of Winter-blooming Heaths

Erica carnea

Unless otherwise noted, all of the E. carnea selections are low (less than 12 inches), spreading, and bloom from January through May.

'Foxhollow Fairy': bicolor pink January-March. Medium green leaves.

'King George': pink flowers December-March on compact dark green bush.

'Pink Spangles': bicolor shell pink with medium green foliage.

'Porter's Red': attractive magenta flowers on dark green foliage.

'Sherwood's Early Red': ruby flowers November to February. Dark foliage.

'Springwood Pink': pink blooms on medium green foliage with bronze tips.

'Springwood White': masses of white flowers on bright green stems.

'Vivellii': bushy with heliotrope flowers and dark foliage.

Erica darleyensis

'Darley Dale': light rosy purple flowers September-May deepen with age; 24 inches tall.

'Darleyensis Alba' or 'Silberschmelze': white blossoms September through May. Medium green foliage has creamy tips in spring; reaches 15 inches.

'Furzey': deep rose pink flowers October through May. Dark green foliage has pink tips in spring; to 18 inches.

'Jack H. Brummage': heliotrope flowers January through May with yellow-orange foliage; low, spreading.

'George Rendall': pink to heliotrope flowers November to May; medium green foliage with red, pink and cream tips in various seasons; reaches 14 inches.

'Ghost Hills': pink flowers between November and May deepen to heliotrope; cream-colored tips on medium green foliage in spring.

Erica erigena

'Irish Dusk': salmon buds open clear rose pink November to May. Bushy, 15 inches tall, dark gray-green foliage.

'Superba': shell to deep pink mildly fragrant flowers April to June; tall bush (60 inches) with 24-inch spread; dark green foliage.

'W. T. Rackliff': white flowers January to April; neat and compact, 12 inches tall, with spread of 24 inches; bright green foliage.

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