Erica × darleyensis ‘Darley Dale’

Darley heath

  • © T&L Nursery

  • © T&L Nursery

Outstanding Qualities

This clone was the original hybrid of this group and gives them their name. It was found as a seedling at James Smith's Nursery, at Darley Dale, in Derbyshire, England, around 1900. It is a hybrid between E. carnea (winter heath) and E. erigena (Irish or Mediterranean heath). It produces abundant, shell-pink flowers that darken to medium pink as the season progresses. From November to April, these cover its mid-green leaves that have cream tips in spring. Mass plantings of this heath create an excellent groundcover for sunny locations, providing outstanding winter interest. Heaths add interest to winter containers and produce nectar that attracts bees on mild winter days.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 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.