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Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Erica x darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Mary Helen'

 

Darley Dale Heath 'Mary Helen'

Erica x darleyensis, which includes many hybrids of Erica carnea and Erica erigena, is one of the easiest heathers to grow. It will grow in most soils, and needs little pruning. Erica x darleyensis are often a bit taller than Erica carnea, and more bushy. Buds appear in late Summer or early Autumn, and some flower as early as early Autumn, and continuing blooming right through Winter to late Spring. Erica x darleyensis prefers free-draining, acid soil, but will tolerate slightly alkaline soils. 'Mary Helen' is a bushy compact plant with yellow green foliage in Spring which turns to bronze in winter with lilac flowers.

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plant Features
  • Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Darley Dale Heath 'Mary Helen'

Latin name

Erica x darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Mary Helen'

type

Shrub

family

Ericaceae

ph

5.0 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Darley Dale Heath Mary Helen is 0.50meters x 0.35meters 0.50 M 0.35 M

Erica x darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Mary Helen'

Erica x darleyensis, which includes many hybrids of Erica carnea and Erica erigena, is one of the easiest heathers to grow. It will grow in most soils, and needs little pruning. Erica x darleyensis are often a bit taller than Erica carnea, and more bushy. Buds appear in late Summer or early Autumn, and some flower as early as early Autumn, and continuing blooming right through Winter to late Spring. Erica x darleyensis prefers free-draining, acid soil, but will tolerate slightly alkaline soils. 'Mary Helen' is a bushy compact plant with yellow green foliage in Spring which turns to bronze in winter with lilac flowers.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Late Autumn

Plant in spring or during autumn. Set the plants deeply so that the whole of the stem is buried and the foliage rests on the soil. On dry soil, add peat round the roots.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Early Autumn TO Mid Autumn

Take semi- ripe cuttings from this season's growth in Autumn. Cut neatly, just below a leaf node, a 5" approx. piece of a healthy shoot that has soft growth at the tip. pinch out the growing tip, and cut off the bottom leaves. Dip the bottom of the cutting in hormone rooting powder, and carefully place in a pot of cutting compost with the leaves just above the level of the compost. Water, label, cover with a polythene bag, and place in a warm, bright place, out of direct sunlight. Take the polythene bag off periodically for a while for ventilation (at least twice a week)

 

Flowering Season

From Early Autumn TO Mid Spring

The little bell-shaped flowers are produced from Autumn - some cultivars as early as early Autumn - right through Winter and into Spring, some cultivars blooming until mid Spring

 
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