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Erica cinerea 'Cindy'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green 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

bell heather 'Cindy'

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

'Cindy' is a low, prostrate evergreen shrub to 20cm tall, forming a wide mat of dark foliage, with short spikes of purple flowers from early summer to autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-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, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases