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Erica carnea


Order: Ericales
   Family: Ericaceae
            Genus: Erica
                        Specie: Erica carnea

Planting Season: Evergreen

Height at Maturity: 12 in (30 cm)

Cultivation: Well-drained neutral?alkaline soil

Features: Dark green leaves in whorls; purple-pink flowers winter?spring

Uses: Shrub borders Containers Rock gardens Ground cover Spillover planting

Zones: 5-9

Description: Native to the Alps, northwest Italy, the northwest Balkans and eastern Europe, this is a small, low-spreading shrub reaching 12 in (30 cm) in height with a spread of 22 in (55 cm). Its dark green, linear leaves are arranged in whorls of 4 on the branches.

Growth Habit: Spreading habit

Comments: Tolerates part shade; many cultivars available

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