Erica vagans grow naturally in poor soil and rocky outcroppings on the Lizard Peninsula in England, but seem to adapt to heavy alkaline soils with added peat and high magnesium. Flowering period is usually from July through October. Flowers are bell-shaped and become an attractive russet-brown for winter. Stems are stiff and upright, and plants are very symmetrical making an ideal hedge or border. These are very attractive plants. Plants should be pruned to the base of the flower stem in early spring, but pruning is not essential every year. If stems shatter from winter damage, they can be pruned to the ground. These are the most drought tolerant of the heaths once established.

 

Zone 5 (- 20 degrees) with protection to 8 or warmer.

Cultivar

Flower Color

Time of
Bloom

Height and Width
in approx. 4 yrs

Foliage

Winter

Foliage

Comments

Alba

white

Aug-Oct

bushy 12 x 32

medium green

 

 

Birch Glow * +

deep bright rose pink

Aug-Nov

bushy 12" x 20"

dark green

 

outstanding

Carnea *

shell pink

Aug-Sept

vigorous 18 x 28

medium green

 

 

Cornish Cream * +

off white

Aug-Nov

18 x 24

medium green

 

long racemes

Diana Hornibrook

deep rose pink

Aug-Oct

bushy 10 x 18

dark green

 

outstanding

 

Fiddlestone * +

deep

cerise

Aug-Oct

bushy 12 x 24

medium green

 

outstanding

 

French White *

off white

Aug-Oct

bushy 8 x 24

medium green

 

one of the better whites

George Underwood *

pink

Aug-Oct

10 x 20

medium green

 

attractive

Golden Triumph*

white

Aug-Oct

16" x 18"

medium green

spring tips bright golden

 

Highway One *

pink

Aug-Oct

not sure

dark green

 

grows wild along Hwy 1 in Fort Bragg, CA, drought tolerant!

Holden PInk *

pale shell pink

Aug-Oct

bushy 10 x 24

medium green

 

new large flowers

Ida M. Britten *

deep lilac

July-Nov

vigorous 16 x 28

medium green

 

long flowering

J.C. Fletcher

deep shell pink

Aug-Oct

14 x 22

dark green

 

 

Kevernensis Alba * +

white

Aug-Oct

10" x 18"

bright green

 

gorgeous in full bloom, hides spent blossoms

Leucantha *

off white

Aug-Oct

open erect 16 x 28

medium green

 

 

Lyonesse * +

white

Aug-Oct

10 x 20

bright green

 

 

Miss Waterer *

deep shell pink

Aug-Sept

bushy 15" x 24"

medium green

 

 

Mrs. D.F. Maxwell * +

deep rose pink

July-Oct

bushy 18" x 18"

dark green

 

highly rated - very
attractive plant

Mrs. Donaldson *

pale rose pink

July-Sept

16 x 24

medium

 

early to flower

Nana *

white

Aug-Oct

very compact

6 x 22

medium green

each leaf tip

yellow

 

rare

Pyrenees Pink *

deep pink

July-Sept

compact 12" x 24"

dark green

 

highly rated

St Keverne *

clear pink

Aug-Nov

8 x 18

dark green

 

 

Valerie Proudley +

sparse white

Sept-Nov

6 x 16

golden

 

needs afternoon shade

Viridiflora *

green feathery bracts

Aug-Oct

12 x 22

medium green

 

has a few pale pink flowers

Yellow John *

lilac

Aug-Oct

14 x 18

bright yellow

 

best gold of group