Maxwell's Cornish Heath
Erica vagans 'Mrs. D.F. Maxwell'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||e-REE-ka VA-ganz|
|Lore||The heather is among the Lusitanian flora, a remnant of a much larger range that once dominated Britain as far north as Connemara, Ireland when prehistoric climates were milder than today.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate grower 12 to 18 in. tall, 2 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Summer through fall|
|Design Ideas||Best used in Heath gardens for a solid patchwork of leaf and flower changes in every season. Tidy mounds are best seen as a mass. Line walks, accent boulders and spot into rock gardens where they'll cascade down the slope. Ideal for raised planters and curbed elevated planters.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Dwarf Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.|
|Companion Plants||Combine this bright little Heath with other mounding shrubs and perennials such as Tuscan Blue Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'), Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'), with its pink-striped white flowers, and Little Gem Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Little Gem'). A natural when grouped with other Heath such as Purple Bell Heath (Erica cinerea 'Atropurpurea') and White Bell Heath (Erica x darleyensis 'Silberschmelze').|
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9