Heaths have fine, short, needle-like evergreen leaves that vary from deep green to silver, gold, or chartreuse. Tiny urn-shaped flowers sparkle like hoarfrost in shades from white to pink and rosy purple. Though most floriferous in winter and early spring, (and highly welcome at that dreary time!), a scheme for year-round color can be developed by combining Ericas with Callunas.
Donning the name of a castle in Wigton, Scotland, ‘Myretoun Ruby’s low-spreading forest-green needles and deep reddish purple blooms achieve a gem-like richness. Perhaps the darkest red flowering carnea in cultivation, this Erica’s saturated blossoms age with bright crimson highlights. Nestle beside Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’, and relish the cold weather splendor.
Size: 10" – 12" high x 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Erica carnea ‘Ann Sparkes’
- Erica carnea ‘Golden Starlet’
- Erica carnea ‘King George’
- Erica carnea ‘Pink Spangles’
- Erica carnea ‘Schneekuppe’
- Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’
- Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’
- Erica carnea ‘Vivelli’
- Erica cinerea ‘C. D. Eason’
- Erica cinerea ‘Purple Beauty’
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Furzey’
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Red’
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Margaret Porter’
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Mary Helen’
- Erica erigena f. aureifolia ‘Golden Lady’
- Erica erigena ‘W. T. Rackliff’
- Erica vagans ‘Mrs. D. F. Maxwell’