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Christmas Heather, Black-Eyed Heather
Scientific Name: Erica canaliculata
Synonym:
Family: Ericaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 15-17,20-24
USDA: 9b-12

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 28F (-2C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade inland, full sun on the coast

Origin: South Africa (Southern Cape)

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or twisted small tree, 5 to 12 feet tall (1.5-3.6 m), or more, 4 feet in spread (1.2 m); dark green needle-like leaves, 0.25 inch long (6 mm), with white undersides.

Watering Needs: Likes moist acid soil, tolerates some drought, needs good drainage, infrequent deep watering in summer

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings in late spring


Good cut flowers.

Blooming Habits:
Profusion of pale pink to purplish cup-shaped flowers with black center, 0.12 inch in diameter (3 mm), in terminal clusters of 3 to 6, in fall and winter. The flower color varies with conditions, and the plants grown outside in cooler conditions are darker colored.

Fruiting Habits:


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