Erica mackayana grows naturally in boggy ground in W. Ireland and NW Spain. It makes a neat ground cover that always attracts attention. It is a superb foliage plant. It is a lime hater. Struggles in very dry spots. Foliage is damaged at 10 degrees. We think some in this group are hardy to only Zone 8.

 

With protection, it can be grown in Zone 7 (0 degrees F) and warmer. Rare plants in nurseries.

Cultivar

Flower Color

Time of
Bloom

Height and Width
in approx. 4 yrs

Foliage

Winter

Foliage

Comments

ssp. Andevalensis

pink

Nov-Jan

loose open

40 x 24

gray green

 

very rare

Donegal *

large magenta

Jun-Sept

spreading 12" x 18"

medium green

 

 

Dr. Ronald Gray *

white

July-Oct

broad spreading

4" x 14"

medium green

 

 

Maura * +

pink

Jul-Sept

erect 10" x 14"

gray green

 

flowers well

Plena *

double magenta

July-Oct

spreading 6 x 16

dark green

 

neat habit good ground cover

Shining Light * +

white

Jul-Sept

10" x 18"

silvery green

 

beautiful plant!