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.
A beacon of dazzling color, the low-to-the-ground mat is cloaked in distinctive needlelike foliage set aglow with gilded yellow hues and bronzy red tips. Resulting as a sport from ‘Vivellii’ and named by J. W. Sparkes in 1955 for his sister-in-law, this lambent beauty is further heightened when her carmine-red racemes unfurl, cheering up a drab winter landscape.
Blooms February – March
Size: 6" – 9" high x 12" – 15" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- 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 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’