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Erica carnea 'Challenger' (Heather 'Challenger')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.15m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Erica carnea 'Challenger'

Other names

Heather 'Challenger'

Genus

Erica Erica

Variety or Cultivar

'Challenger' _ 'Challenger' is a prostrate, evergreen, mat-forming shrub with dark-green foliage. It bears magenta and crimson flowers in winter and spring.


Erica carnea 'Challenger' is: Evergreen

Habit

Mat Forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Crimson, Magenta in Spring; Magenta, Crimson in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

May be subject to fungal diseases.

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Erica carnea 'Challenger' (Heather 'Challenger') will reach a height of 0.15m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Containers

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained, acidic soil in full sun.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Erica carnea 'Challenger'

Other names

Heather 'Challenger'

Genus

Erica Erica

Variety or Cultivar

'Challenger' _ 'Challenger' is a prostrate, evergreen, mat-forming shrub with dark-green foliage. It bears magenta and crimson flowers in winter and spring.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Mat Forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Crimson, Magenta in Spring; Magenta, Crimson in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

May be subject to fungal diseases.

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Erica carnea 'Challenger' (Heather 'Challenger') will reach a height of 0.15m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Containers

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained, acidic soil in full sun.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 6, Zone 5

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