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Golden Starlet Heath*

Erica carnea 'Golden Starlet'

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Golden Starlet Heath (Erica carnea 'Golden Starlet') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Golden Starlet Heath foliage

Golden Starlet Heath foliage

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Golden Starlet Heath (Erica carnea 'Golden Starlet') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Golden Starlet Heath flowers

Golden Starlet Heath flowers

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

Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Spring Heath, Snow Heath, Winter Heath


A very colorful groundcover for poor, acid soils, featuring lime-yellow foliage all year long and white flowers tipped with red, ideal as an accent or massed in the garden; requires organic highly acidic soil, full sun and absolutely no standing water

Ornamental Features

Golden Starlet Heath is clothed in stunning spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late winter to early spring. It has attractive yellow foliage which emerges gold in spring. The tiny needles are highly ornamental and remain yellow throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Starlet 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.

Golden Starlet Heath is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Golden Starlet Heath will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 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 slow 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 very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


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

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