• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Erica cinerea 'Pentreath'

bell heather 'Pentreath'

bell heather 'Pentreath'

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  • Other common names bell heather 'Pentreath'

  • 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

  • Family Ericaceae / Ericaceae

  • Details 'Pentreath' is a compact dwarf evergreen shrub forming a mat of dark foliage up to 30cm tall, with deep crimson-purple flowers from mid summer to late autumn

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained acidic soil in full sun

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Ground Cover City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 10

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases

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