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Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'

Winter heath

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by FhF Greenmedia, copyright GAP Photos (26989)

Plant details

Myretoun Ruby' is one of the early-flowering heathers that bring a carpet of colour into the garden from late winter. It is very hardy and although happiest in acid soil, will tolerate mildly alkaline conditions but is not happy on very chalky soils. One of the smaller species of heather, it has rich green foliage, and rose-pink flowers which deepen to purple-red. It makes an excellent feature in winter containers and window boxes. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Erica

Species: carnea

Cultivar: Myretoun Ruby

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 38cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to take cuttings: April to June

Flowering period: November to March

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contradictory info - states soil type chalky/alkaline. Then in main info states happiest in acid soil. will tolerate mildly alkaline conditions, but is not happy on very chalky soils. Give us a clue - we're not all experts.

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