Scientific Name: Erica carnea
Common Name: winter heather
Family Name: Ericaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Ground cover
Mature Size: 0.2 - 0.4m x 0.6 - 1.0m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like, Mounded
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Erosion control, Filler, Fragrance, Group or mass planting, Rock garden, Spring interest, Winter interest
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Needle-like, Whorled, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Lustrous, Acicular, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Raceme, White, Violet, Pink, Red, Dark-red, Jan-Feb-Mar-Apr-Dec
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, May-Jun
Key ID Features:
Small evergreen usually less than 30cm tall; leaves needle-like, glabrous, in whorls of three, mostly about 10mm long x 1mm wide; florets urn-shaped in raceme with leaf like bracts, most cultivars bloom for 6-8 weeks, Dec-Apr.