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Erica cinerea 'C.D. Eason'

Bell heather

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (62237)

Plant details

Bell heather is the native heather of upland moors, very tough and hardy, and flowering all summer with a peak late in the season. Plants form dense spreading mats of stiff wiry twisted stems, on dry acid soils in full sun. There are many varieties which provide a fine display of mainly reddish-purple flowers, while the foliage tends to be dark green, although forms exist. 'C. D. Eason' is an old variety, introduced in 1931, and very popular, with a fine display of mellow rosy-red blooms over a long season. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Erica

Species: cinerea

Cultivar: C.D. Eason

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 35cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to take cuttings: March to July


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