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Scientific Name: Erica carnea
Pronunciation: ER-ee-kuh KAR-nee-uh
Common Name: winter heather
Family Name: Ericaceae
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Ground cover
Key ID Features: Small evergreen usually less than 30 cm tall; leaves needle-like, glabrous, in whorls of three, mostly about 10 mm long x 1 mm wide; florets urn-shaped in raceme with leaf like bracts, most cvs bloom for 6-8 weeks between December and April.
Course(s): HORT 1155, Level 1 Apprenticeship, CLT Training

Habit: Dense, Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like, Mounded
Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Growth Rate:Slow
Origin: Europe (alpine areas)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Erosion control, Filler, Fragrance, Group or mass planting, Rock garden, Spring interest, Winter interest
Additional Info: Google. Species is tolerant of alkaline soils. Cultivars shown or on campus may include E. ‘Springwood White’.
winter heather
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Needle-like, Simple
Arrangement: Whorled
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous, Lustrous
Colour in Fall: Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Acicular, Linear
Apices: Acute, Apiculate
Bases: Rounded
Margins: Entire
Additional Info: In whorls of 4

Inflorescence Type: Raceme
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Urceolate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Violet, Pink, Red, Dark-red
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: May, Jun
Additional Info: Not showy

Bark or Stem Colour: Brown

Propagation: Seed, Greenwood cuttings
Pest Susceptibility: Root rot, Rust, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant )
(AGB) Acer Griseum Bed : hybrid?
(GAZ) GAZebo
(GAZW) GAZebo West
(ONW) Overpass North side West
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