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Zone:  5-8

Height:  15-20cm (6-8in)

Spread:  30-60cm (1-2ft)

Bloom:  Earliest spring into summer (buds, set in fall, are present under the snow, so whenever there is a thaw, bees have access to the opening flowers); white, tiny bell clusters cover the plants; very showy

Foliage:  Tiny needle leaves are dark green and evergreen and cover the expanding mounds of this low, woody shrub

Light:  Full sun

Water:  Moderate

Soil:  Average to dry (once established); good drainage critical

Garden site:  Front of perennial bed; edging walkways; makes a lovely border 

Erica carnea 'Springwood White' (Heath)

  • Asters provide an important source of nectar for birds and butterflies prior to their fall migration.