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Purple Erica Flower


Purple Erica Flower

Erica


The genus type for the family of heath (Ericaceae) consists of around 750 species of evergreen shrubss, and the most of them are from South Africa. A few species are from Madagascar, East Africa, and the Atlantic Islands, but the species from Europe and the Mediterranean are the most widely cultivated, because of their greater hardiness. Most species have needle-like foliage that is very narrow in whorls around fine whippy stems. The flowers are usually clustered at the stem tips. The species from South Africa tend to have tubular flowers, often in different bright colors, while those from Europe have small bell-shaped flowers in muted purple, lavender tones and pink or white. Mostly known as heath or heather, these plants have very few practical uses except such as fuel and as the source of a yellow dye.


Top Tip

Winter-flowering
Heathers are lime
Tolerant and will
Grow in neutral or
Alkaline soil, while
Those that flower in
summer prefer
either neutral or
acid soil.

Cultivation


Plant that is in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil and has a lot of sun. Heaths have abundant surface roots, so do not cultivate but is necessary to use mulch to suppress weeds. Need to be lightly trimmed after flowering. Propagation is usually from seeds or small half hardened cuttings.



Name

Flower color

Blooming Season

Flower Fragrance

Plant Height

Plant Width

Hardiness Zone

Frost Tolerance

Erica Bauera

White, Pink

All year

No

4ft
1.2m

5ft
1.5m

9-10

No

Erica Carnea

Purple-pink

Winter to spring

No

12 in
30 cm

22 in
55 cm

5-9

Yes

Erica cinerea

White, Purple, Pink

Summer to autumn

No

24 in
60 cm

30 in
75 cm

5-9

Yes

Erica Erigena

Lilac-pink

Winter to spring

Yes

8ft
2.4m

3ft
0.9m

7-9

Yes

Erica lusitanica

White

Winter to spring

Yes

5-10ft
1.5-3m

3ft
0.9m

8-10

Yes

Erica ventricosa

Pinkish red

Spring

No

20 in
50 cm

20 in
50 cm

9-10

No