Heather of the month March 2016 - Erica erigena ‘Ivory’

Flowers: small, to 4mm long, white at the base shading to pale pink at the lobes, with green-tipped sepals. End of style tinged red; II–III;  foliage dark green; habit broad compact; height 50cm; spread 50cm.

This compact shrub with densely clustered small flowers is tolerant of alkaline soil and so is ideal for gardens that do not have acid soil. It will tolerate gravelly or rocky sites.'Ivory' blooms in late winter and early spring and is frost-hardy. The individual flowers have pink lobes and notably dark anthers. This cultivar was first reported in 1978 as having been introduced by R. E. Hardwick, The Nurseries, Newick, Lewes, Sussex, but its origins are unknown. Plants grown under this name in England have malformed stamens and style but this does not affect the overall appearance.


Heather Description

Habit: Compact, broad shrub to 50cm tall, spread to 50cm.

The Leaves: Dark green.

The Flower: Small, to 4mm long, white at the base shading to pale pink at the lobes, with green-tipped sepals. End of style tinged red.

Flowering Period: February-March.