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Erica erigena f. aureifolia 'Golden Lady'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Irish heath 'Golden Lady'

Family

Ericaceae


Erica can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs with fine, needle-like leaves in whorls, and racemes or panicles of small, bell-shaped or tubular flowers

'Golden Lady' is a compact dwarf evergreen shrub with good golden-yellow foliage keeping its colour well through the year. Flowers rather sparse, white

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained acidic soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Garden Edging, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Ground Cover or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to fungal diseases