Erica x darleyensis
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Common Name: Darley Dale Heath
Erica x darleyensis is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental, where it can be used as a ground cover or low hedge.
A hybrid of garden origin, E. herbacea x E, erigena.
Not known in the wild.
Requires a light loam[
]. This species tolerates lime in the soil[
] so long as there is plenty of humus[
]. Grows best in a poor soil. Resents dry soils. Prefers an open situation.
A very ornamental plant[
], there are many named varieties[
Plants are quite fast growing[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
An admirable dense ground cover plant[
], though it might need weeding for the first year[
]. It can be clipped in spring to give denser growth[
]. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[
Plants can be grown as a low hedge, the cultivar 'Furzey' is often used[
Seed - surface sow in a sandy compost in a cold frame in spring. Keep moist. Prick out the plants as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them in their permanent positions when they are 5 - 8cm tall[
]. This species is a hybrid and will not breed true from seed.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 3cm long taken from twiggy lateral growths near the base of the plant, mid summer in a frame. Remove the leaves from the bottom part of the stem without causing any damage to the bark. The cuttings root in a few weeks if they are given some bottom heat. Plant out in spring[
Layering in spring or autumn. Plants can be 'dropped' and then dug up and divided about 6 - 12 months later. Dropping involves digging up the plant and then replanting it about 15 - 20cm deeper in the soil to encourage roots to form along the stems[