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Erica cinerea 'Velvet Night' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark 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 'Velvet Night'

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

'Velvet Night' is a dwarf evergreen shrub making a mat of dark foliage to 20cm in height, with deep blackish-purple flowers in racemes in summer and early autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-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
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance, Banks and Slopes, Ground Cover or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases