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 pinks and rosy purples. 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 with Callunas.
Erica vagans ‘Mrs. D. F. Maxwell’ (S-0607)
Applauded throughout the world as one of the most cherished Heaths, this Erica’s deep cherry red blooms have as much charm as the story behind them. Mrs. Maxwell’s discerning eye first spotted its robust good-looking form while on her honeymoon in Cornwall, England and promptly sent home cuttings! Elevated above a low, deep green bush, the long upright racemes of cylindrically arranged, irresistible blooms open from the bottom up and when spent, persist through the winter burnished in russet brown hues.
Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' 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 ‘Myretoun Ruby’
- 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 ‘Kramerís Red’
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Margaret Porter’
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Mary Helen’
- Erica erigena f. aureifolia ‘Golden Lady’
- Erica erigena ‘W. T. Rackliff’