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Mediterranean Pink Winter Heath - Erica darleyensis
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Mediterranean Pink Winter Heath - Erica darleyensis

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Mediterranean Pink Winter Heath
Erica x darleyensis 'Mediterranean Pink'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-8b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

'Mediterranean Pink' Winter heath is a pretty little winter-blooming evergreen sub-shrub with a mounding growth habit and dense foliage that is smothered by a profusion of pink bell-shaped flowers beginning from late fall or early winter all the way to early spring, at a time when not much else is blooming in the landscape. Its densely-packed leaves look like tiny needles, providing a unique texture all its own in the landscape, somewhat similar to Mexican heather. 

Erica x darleyensis 'Mediterranean Pink' is a hybrid, its parents being Erica carnea, which is native to central Europe, and Erica erigena, which is native to Ireland. Erica carnea is native to central and southern Europe, Erica erigena to Ireland (which is why its common name is Irish heath). Very much like its parents, 'Mediterranean Pink' is also short, reaching a maximum height of about 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide at maturity.

Flowering time will vary depending on your location and the weather. In northern zones where it will grow, it might begin blooming as early as November with flowers persisting through mild winters. If there's lots of snow, flowers could be there into early spring. 



Landscape & Garden Uses

Mediterranean Pink Winter Heath is a great choice for containers, rock and flower gardens, or as edging or ground cover in the landscape. When massed as a groundcover the foliage is dense enough to suppress weeds. Its smaller size fits perfectly in smaller garden spaces or containers that can be situated and enjoyed on patios, decks and porches. Provides abundant winter flower color in the landscape and in pink-themed color gardens.

Spacing:  18 inches apart for mass planting; 36 inches or more apart for space between plants



 

Cultural Preferences

Winter heaths are easy to grow when planted right and in the right environment. They prefer the same soil conditions as do azaleas and rhododendrons; moist but well-drained and acidic. Though a well-drained soil is needed, they like the ground to stay moist. That said, as with so many other types of ornamental plants, constantly soggy or wet soils can be problematic. Overly dry soil can be problematic as well. Provide occasional deep soakings during prolonged drought. To flower their best give winter heath full to mostly sun. Some shade or filtered sun during the  hottest part of summer afternoons will be appreciated in the warmer southern zones where they grow. 

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-8b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Sub-Shrub
Height at Maturity:  10-12"
Width at Maturity:  18-24"
Spacing:  18" for mass planting; 36"+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Mounding, Dwarf
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
Flower Color:  Pink
Flower Size:  Small, Bell-Shaped
Flowering Period:  Early Spring to Mid-Spring
Flower Type:  Single, Bell-Shaped
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No 
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  na
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun for best flowering. Will not flower in shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt (amended)
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid) 
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances / Tolerances:  Deer, Drought, Cold Hardy



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