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Mary Helen Heath

Erica x darleyensis 'Mary Helen'

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Mary Helen Heath (Erica x darleyensis 'Mary Helen') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Mary Helen Heath flowers

Mary Helen Heath flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  16 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Darley Dale Heath

Description:

One of the toughest and more tolerant of heaths to a variety of soils and moisture conditions, this variety features lovely pink flowers along upright spikes in late winter and early spring; makes a great groundcover in a mass planting

Ornamental Features

Mary Helen Heath is clothed in stunning spikes of pink bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late winter to early spring. It has green foliage which emerges chartreuse in spring. The tiny needles remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Mary Helen Heath is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mary Helen Heath is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Mary Helen Heath will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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