Heather of the month August 2017 - Erica cinerea ‘Wine’
Erica cinerea often refered to as Bell Heather, ranges from western Norway and the Faeroe Islands through Ireland, Britain, north-western Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, north-western Italy, Spain and Portugal, and with an isolated colony in Algeria. Bell heather requires an acid soil, an open sunny position and is suitable for hardiness zone 7 provided some protection is given.
Erica cinerea 'Wine' is something different from the large collection of Erica cinerea cultivars in flower at this time of the year . 'Wine' has dull pale ruby (H5) flowers, similar to the beverage many enjoy!
Named alludes to the flower colour.
Image courtesy of David Brown
Habit: Upright, height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm
The Leaves: Darrk Green
The Flower: Ruby
Flowering Period: July - September