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Erica erigena f. alba 'W.T. Rackliff' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Irish heath 'W.T. Rackliff'

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

'W.T. Rackliff' is a small evergreen shrub of upright growth, to 75cm tall, with dark foliage and white flowers with exserted brown anthers

Other common names

  • Irish heath 'W.T. Rackcliff'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

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 or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to fungal diseases