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Erica gracilis (Bicolour)

Cape heather

Perfect for pots and containers

The Cape heather is native to South Africa and naturally flowers through the winter in the UK

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Season of interest Winter
Flowering November - February
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 20 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 20 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Light sandy, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. If planting in a bed or border test the soil to establish its pH. If the soil is too alkali it is best to grow your plant in a container. In either case prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig ericaceous compost into the base of the hole, if planting in a container use ericaceous compost to fill the pot. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage or informal garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio container plants