Scientific Name: Erica x darleyensis
Common Name: erica, heath
Family Name: Ericaceae
Origin: Garden origin
Hardiness Zone: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Ground cover
Mature Size: 0.4 - 0.7m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Horizontal
Form: Creeping / Mat-like, Mounded
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Filler, 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, Leathery, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Raceme, White, Purple, Pink, Jan-Feb-Mar-Apr-Nov-Dec
Fruit: Capsule, Aborted (hybrids) or absent, Brown, May-Jun
Key ID Features:
Very similar to E. carnea but more vigorous, up to 1m tall; leaves very similar to E. carnea, linear, in whorls of 4, about 8mm long x 1mm wide; flowers pink to mauve, or white, many cultivars available that mostly bloom between November and May.