Darley Dale Heath (Erica x darleyensis)

Shrub
E. mediterranea hybrida.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Darley Dale Heath
Erica x darleyensis
Ericaceae

An admirable dense ground cover plant[182, 208], though it might need weeding for the first year[197]. It can be clipped in spring to give denser growth[197, 208]. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[208].

Plants can be grown as a low hedge, the cultivar ‘Furzey’ is often used[29].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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[11]. 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, July/August 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[11]. 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[78].
Requires a light loam[11]. This species tolerates lime in the soil[182, 188] so long as there is plenty of humus[208]. Grows best in a poor soil. Resents dry soils. Prefers an open situation. A very ornamental plant[1], there are many named varieties[182]. Plants are quite fast growing[1]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].
A hybrid of garden origin, E. herbacea x E, erigena.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.