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Alice Heath*

Erica x darleyensis 'Alice'

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Alice Heath (Erica x darleyensis 'Alice') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Alice Heath in bloom

Alice Heath in bloom

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Darley Dale Heath

Description:

One of the toughest and more tolerant of heaths to a variety of soils and moisture conditions, this variety features red-pink flowers along upright spikes in late winter and early spring; makes a great groundcover in a mass planting

Ornamental Features

Alice Heath is clothed in stunning spikes of red bell-shaped flowers with pink overtones rising above the foliage from late winter to early spring. It has dark green foliage. The tiny needles remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Alice Heath is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alice Heath is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Alice Heath will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features