erica formosa


Common Names: white health


Family: Ericaceae

Origin: South Africa

Type: Evergreen shrub

Size: 2 ft. high and wide.

Flowers: Tiny white flowers in clusters, winter, spring; tiny dark green shiny leaves.

Uses: Accent, border, containers, miniature garden.

Wildlife: Attracts bees.

Soil: Well-drained; prefers acidic. Clay soil must be amended.

Water: Medium, but not flooded.

Sun: Full sun to some shade in heat.

Pruning: Very low maintenance. Prune off spent flowers, but not into wood without leaves; may not sprout from bare wood.

Pests & Diseases: (None found.)

Notes: Many sizes and colors of Ericas are available to home gardeners, such as the bright red E. cruenta. Ericas should be protected from temperatures below 30° F by using containers.