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Erica carnea 'Ann Sparkes'
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heather 'Ann Sparkes'

'Ann Sparkes' is a prostrate evergreen shrub to 15cm in height and 25cm spread with dark golden-yellow to orange foliage, tipped with bronze in spring and flushed crimson in winter, with racemes of rose-pink flowers, darkening to purplish-pink from late winter

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Purple Bronze Yellow
Summer Yellow Orange
Autumn Red Yellow
Winter Purple Red Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Erica can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs with fine, needle-like leaves in whorls, and racemes or panicles of small, bell-shaped or tubular flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

A lime-tolerant heather, prefers well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun but tolerant of alkaline soils and some shade. See Hardy heathers for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Coastal
  • Low Maintenance
  • Garden edging
  • Ground cover
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 10 after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases

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