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Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’ (Winter Heath)

Winter Heath 'Springwood Pink', Heather 'Springwood Pink', Snow Heath 'Springwood Pink', Spring Heath 'Springwood Pink', Alpine Heath 'Springwood Pink'

Erica Carnea 'Springwood Pink', Winter Heath 'Springwood Pink', Heather 'Springwood Pink', Snow Heath 'Springwood Pink', Spring Heath 'Springwood Pink', Alpine Heath 'Springwood Pink'

Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’ (Winter Heath) is a vigorous evergreen shrub of trailing habit with masses of urn-shaped, pure pink flowers borne in one-sided racemes from mid-winter to early spring (Jan-Mar). They beautifully smother the needle-like, mid-green foliage, which emerges bronze. Great at providing winter color, this low-growing, evergreen shrub creates an excellent ground cover for sunny locations while requiring little care.

  • Grows in an attractive mound, up to 4-6 in. tall (10-15 cm) and 12-18 in. across (30-45 cm). Spreading along the ground by procumbent stems, this perennial will form a dense ground cover over time.
  • Performs best in full sun in sandy, acidic, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Part shade is welcomed in hot summer areas. Newly planted Heath can dry out quickly once planted, so it is important to water regularly and thoroughly when the plant is young.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to rock gardens, groundcover, slopes, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, or containers. Plant in groups for the best visual impact.
  • Produces nectar that attracts bees on mild winter days, but is ignored by deer!
  • Virtually disease and pest free but watch for powdery mildew, root rot, rust, and wilt.
  • Plants may be sheared lightly after flowers fade, but not any later since flower buds are formed during the summer. Annual light shearing promotes a bushier plant.

One of the hardiest of Heathers, Erica carnea is native to the Alps of Central Europe. It is loved for its early bloom and evergreen presence and forms bristling mats of pink, white, purple, or red blooms which are at their best with the early spring bulbs such as crocus, scillas, and dwarf irises.

How to Grow and Care for Heath and Heather


Evergreen, Heathers (Calluna Vulgaris) and Heaths (Erica) are terrific plants that deserve a spot in the garden. Their fabulous ability to change color year-round, injecting vivid life into our landscape at a time when they need it most, is invaluable. Low maintenance, deer or salt resistant, winter hardy, drought tolerant (once established) and fairly easy to grow, they do not require much: decent drainage and some sunshine.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 7
Heat Zones 5 - 7
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Erica
Common names Heather, Winter Heath
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Erica x darleyensis ‘White Perfection’ (Winter Heath)
Erica carnea ‘Golden Starlet’ (Winter Heath)
Erica carnea ‘March Seedling’ (Winter Heath)
Erica x darleyensis ‘Margaret Porter’ (Winter Heath)
Erica carnea ‘Ice Princess’ (Winter Heath)
Erica x darleyensis ‘Arthur Johnson’ (Winter Heath)

Recommended Companion Plants

Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Golden Lotus’ (Hellebore)
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ (Bloodtwig Dogwood)
Carex comans ‘Frosted Curls’ (New Zealand Hair Sedge)
Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ (Dutch Crocus)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 7
Heat Zones 5 - 7
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Ericaceae
Genus Erica
Common names Heather, Winter Heath
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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