Erica cinerea ‘C.D. Eason’

bell heather

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Outstanding Qualities

C.D. Eason' is a selection of Erica cinerea, the bell heather. Although related to Erica carnea (winter heath), bell heather blooms from June to September, producing urn-shaped, bright magenta flowers over its dark green leaves. The leaves of bell heather are rolled and arranged in groups of threes along its stems. Bell heather is much more tolerant of sandy or rocky soils than is winter heath, which makes it a good, neat groundcover for exposed locations. This cultivar was found by C.D. Eason near Broadstone, Dorset, England.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 10 in. (0.24 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

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

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: pink

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.