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Almost all gardens have an array of flowering plants to be admired during the summer, but in winter things usually look a little bleaker. Winter heath offers a nice exception as this low-growing shrub flowers in winter.
The branches of this evergreen dwarf shrub grow to a maximum height of 30 cm and are covered with needle-like, rolled-up leaves that remain on the plant all year round. Winter heath usually flowers from January to April, making it an early flowering shrub. The flower buds are formed in the autumn of the previous year. Lots of blooms form along one side of individual flower branches, with each flower being hermaphrodite and double-sheathed. In their wild form, winter heath has a red sepal and white, pink or red petals
It is best to plant Erica carnea in autumn, between September and November.
Prefers partial sun/shade