Heather Overview

Description Blooming in winter and early spring when many other plants are taking a much-deserved break from the bloom scene, heathers are a welcome addition to beds and borders. Many varieties bloom in summer and autumn. Also commonly called heath, hundreds of different varieties of this evergreen shrub exist. Some sport dark green needlelike leaves, while others are cloaked with tiny silver, chartreuse, or blue-green leaves. Many popular cultivars are low-growing, standing 8-12 inches tall. They form a matlike carpet of fine-needle foliage that is decorated with white or pink bell-shape flowers for months at a time. Plant heather among medium to large shrubs, and it will serve as a pretty and effective groundcover by suppressing weeds. It also thrives in rock gardens. Heather grows best in full sun or part shade and quick-draining soil. It will not tolerate clay or slow-draining soil.
Genus Name Erica
Common Name Heather
Plant Type Perennial, Shrub
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 3 to 8 feet
Width null to 4 feet
Flower Color Blue, Pink, Purple, White
Foliage Color Blue/Green, Chartreuse/Gold, Gray/Silver
Season Features Spring Bloom, Winter Bloom, Winter Interest
Special Features Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 6, 7, 8, 9
Propagation Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant, Groundcover

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