Kramer's Red Winter Heath

Erica x darleyensis 'Kramer's Rote'

Establishes quickly to create a fine, dense groundcover or border. Mounding, evergreen shrub with terrific winter color, its magenta-red flowers last through early spring. Ideal for massing in beds, on hillsides or along pathways, or to complement dwarf conifers. Thrives in rocky, unimproved soils, and needs little to no care when established.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 1 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeWinter
Design IdeasHeathers are not too particular about fertility but demand absolute drainage. This has made them a favorite of alpine rock gardeners where elevated positions on outcroppings or banks ensures water flows through quickly. An ideal candidate for top of retaining walls and in raised planters provided soil backfill is granular. Pairs especially well with medium to low conifers, which require similar acidic soil conditions. Blends nicely with grasses for wild gardens, particularly in coastal conditions.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Naturalizes Well, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsBest with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsCamellia (Camellia); Azalea (Azalea); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina); Pine (Pinus); Hosta (Hosta)

Thrives in average to very lean, well-drained soils with an acidic pH. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first two or three growing seasons to establish a deep extensive root system. Drought tolerant, once established. Prefers unimproved soils; avoid fertilizing. May be lightly pruned after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-8

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