Erica

Winter Flowering Heather (Erica)

Other Names
Heather.
Origins
Native to Asia, America, Europe, North Africa.
Type
Perennial (evergreen).
Hardiness(see References, below)
Zones 4 - 7.
Bloom
Fall, Winter, Spring.
Height - 5 - 8 in (12 - 20 cm).
Cultivation - Sun or partial shade, well drained soil, average water needs. Prune in late Spring, after flowering.
Propagation - By layering or by cuttings (take these in mid-late Summer).

Other
Perfect woodland and ground cover plant. It has long been used in traditional medicine for colds, diarrhea and urinary problems. Flowers are used in flavoring teas, whiskey, liqueurs, desserts and honey.
Do not use it during pregnancy.

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References
Find more about: Winter Flowering Heathers, Hardiness Zones
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