Erica carnea ‘Rubinteppich’

winter heath

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

"winter heaths provide months of color just when we seems to need it most. From January to April, 'Rubinteppich' covers itself with hundreds of small, urn-shaped, dark purple-red flowers that deepen in color as they mature. This evergreen shrub has a low, spreading habit, making it an excellent groundcover for sunny locations or for adding interest to winter containers. Individual branches are held somewhat upright, and its needle-like leaves are dark gray-green. It is a vigorous grower. It was seen as ""outstanding"" at a GPP Erica evaluation at VanDusen Botanical Garden in 2003, including plants that were growing in some shade. 'Rubinteppich' is German for 'ruby carpet'. "

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

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

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

Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering during dry weather

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

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.