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ERICA x darleyensis 'Mediterranean Pink'

Image of Erica x darleyensis 'Mediterranean Pink'

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Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

ERICA x darleyensis 'Mediterranean Pink'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Heath, Mediterranean Pink Heath

General Description

One of many cultivars of this hybrid heath, this low evergreen shrub bears sprays of small purplish-pink bell-shaped flowers over many weeks in winter and early spring. The small, needle-like, whorled leaves are medium green.

'Mediterranean Pink' prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil, full sun, and protection from drying winds. It accepts neutral soil and short periods of drought, and is one of the most heat-tolerant heaths. It works well in the rock garden, or as an edging or ground cover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 8

  • 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

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No