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Erica carnea

Cultivar(s):
'Springwood pink', ‘Sherwood Pink’
Categories:
Groundcover, Shrubs
Comment:

A low-growing evergreen shrub or groundcover that is attractive year-round.  Forms a dense mat over time and makes an excellent choice for slopes.  Plants like cool summers and are not recommended below USDA Zone 7.

It is in the same family as and closely related to Scotch heather (Calluna vulgaris). Erica carnea is synonymous with and formerly known as Erica herbacea.

No serious insect or disease problems. Root rot may occur in poorly drained soils. Powdery mildew, rust and wilt can be issues. 

Foliage:
Needle-like medium green leaves with bronze tips 1/4" long and in whorls of 4. If pruning is needed do it immediately after flowering.
Flower:
Showy fleshy colored pink bell-shaped appear January to March. ‘Sherwood Pink’ features urn-shaped, pure pink blooms (1/4” long) in one-sided racemes (to 3” long) from January to March.
Site:
Sandy, acidic, well-drained soil. Sometimes need to plant in raised beds to achieve adequate drainage. Avoid clay soils. Cultivar 'Springwood pink' will tolerate some alkalinity in the soil.
Size:
6-9" tall, 1-2 feet wide
Form:
groundcover
Tags:
evergreen, full sun, partial shade, rock garden, slopes, winter interest, winter bloomer, showy

NCCES plant id: 2957