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Erica cinerea 'Velvet Night' (Bell Heather)

Bell Heather 'Velvet Night'


Award-winning Erica cinerea 'Velvet Night' is a dwarf evergreen shrub creating a colorful mat of dark green foliage with deep blackish-purple flowers in racemes from late spring to early fall (Jun-Sep).

  • Grows up to 10 in. tall (25 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm).
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Performs best in full sun in sandyacidicmedium moisturewell-drained soils. Do not let soils dry out! Provide a site sheltered from strong winds which could desiccate their foliage. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to rock gardensslopescoastal gardens, cottage gardens or containers. Excellent groundcover and perfect for edging!
  • Generally pest free. May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases
  • Need annual pruning or they become straggly. Prune below the flowers on the stems after flowering in fall or early spring.
  • Erica cinerea, also known as Bell Heather or Twisted Heath, are attractive and spectacular in bloom. These evergreen shrubs form mounding, spreading, low bushes, 6-18 in tall (15-45 cm), bursting into vivid colors as they get covered with hundreds of bell-shaped flowers. They enjoy a very long blooming season extending from late spring to early fall and bear the most eye-catching flowers of all heathers. Colors range from white to almost black while their foliage varies from gold to very dark green. Native to western Europe, southwestern Norway, southern Portugal and northwestern Italy. Similarly to Callunas, they need annual pruning or they become straggly. Prune below the flowers on the stems after flowering in fall or early spring. Hardy to Zone 5 and warmer.

How to Grow and Care for Heaths and Heathers

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.Read More

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Erica and Calluna
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 9" – 10" (22cm – 25cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" – 30" (60cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Erica and Calluna
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 9" – 10" (22cm – 25cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" – 30" (60cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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