Scotch Heath (Erica carnea)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Erica carnea Accepted
Erica x darleyensis Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 6 to 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Small, needle like
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Reddish-pink, rarely white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 15th April 2010
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-03-07
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-03-25Great food source for bees! :)
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2010-04-05
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2010-04-08
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 25, 2012 2:47 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees. Honey from Erica is said to be very strong and bitter in flavor.

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