Erica carnea ‘Pirbright Rose’

winter heath

Outstanding Qualities

winter heaths provide months of color just when we seems to need it most. 'Pirbright Rose' has hundreds of small, urn-shaped, dusty pink flowers from December until March. It is an evergreen shrub with a low, spreading habit, making it an excellent groundcover for sunny locations or for adding interest to winter containers. Its needle-like leaves are grey-green. This cultivar has been grown in Pacific Northwest gardens, including extensive plantings at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, B.C, for decades and is a reliable performer. It is named after a town in Surrey, England, where the introducing nursery was situated.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: dark green, blue, chartreuse, bronze

Great Color Partners: pink, orange, yellow, gold

Culture Notes

Heath produces the most flowers in full sun. It prefers a location with well-drained or sandy soil and it is best to water regularly during dry weather. Newly planted heath can dry out quickly once planted so it is important to water often and deeply when the plant is young. It can also be helpful to soak the plant in a bucket of water to fully saturate the soil before planting. After the blossoms have faded a light shearing will remove most of the faded flowers and promote dense growth.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 4 in. (0.40 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering during dry weather