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Erica carnea 'Purple Beauty'

Common Name:
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Ericaceae (The Heath Family)
Geographic Origin:
Central and Eastern Europe
California Native?:
Plant Size:
1 foot high, 2 feet wide
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Summer and fall
Flower Color:
Rose purple
Full sun
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This is a low, mounding shrub, usually around 1 foot high and 2-3 feet broad when mature. It has dark green foliage and produces masses of short flower spikes with small, bright dark rosy purple blossoms in summer and fall. This hardy erica will thrive in full sun along the coast, and light shade inland, needing well drained, preferably acid soil and moderate watering.