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Maxwell's Cornish Heath

Erica vagans 'Mrs. D.F. Maxwell'

Beautiful, mounding evergreen produces abundance of brilliant spikes of cherry red to pink flowers over a long season. Very hardy and useful as low, rounded shrub border or groundcover.
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Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.


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Botanical Pronunciatione-REE-ka VA-ganz
LoreThe 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 MaturityModerate grower 12 to 18 in. tall, 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer through fall
Design IdeasBest 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseRock Garden, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Companion PlantsCombine 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

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