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ERICA carnea 'King George'

Image of Erica carnea 'King George'

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

ERICA carnea 'King George'

Plant Common Name

Alpine Heath, King George Heath, Winter Heath

General Description

The alpine heath cultivar 'King George' is one of the first to start blooming in early winter. Hailing from the European Alps and Eastern Europe, it has pendulant urn-shaped flowers of deep pink. Its tiny, needle-like, evergreen leaves are usually medium to dark green in the warm season and turn red in the cold season.

Alpine heath should be planted in full sun and evenly moist, well-draining, acidic soil—though this species is tolerant of more alkaline soil than others. If you must prune, do it immediately after the flowering period.

A rock garden filled with heaths, heathers, azaleas and dwarf conifers is quite beautiful and worth creating if one has the correct soil and location.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    12"-22" / 30.5cm - 55.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Red, Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Green, Burgundy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No