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Heaths and Heathers: Erica x darleyensis 'Ghost Hills'

Botanical name: Erica x darleyensis 'Ghost Hills'

Common name: Heath, Winter/Spring 'Ghost Hills'

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Mercer island, Wa

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 5a thru 8b

deer resistant, winter interest, fall interest, drought tolerant

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'Ghost Hills' has long, strong racemes of pink flowers that deepen with age to heliotrope on shiny, dense foliage. New spring growth is tipped cream. Erica x darleyensis is a natural hybrid between E. carnea and E. erigena and like all sterile hybrids, has colorful young foliage and a long flowering period. Flower buds are formed in the summer months and start to show color in November. If covered with snow, the buds will not continue to bloom until exposed to the sun. A favorite in the winter landscape. Thrives in full or at least a half day sun with a S.E. exposure and a well drained, slightly acidic soil with plenty of organic matter to retain moisture. Excellent in mass plantings with other Heaths and Heathers or in the rock garden. Cut back only if needed to keep in bounds.

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