Zones: 5 to 7
Bloom Time: Winter
Height: 12″ to 18″
Spread: 12″ to 24″
Winter heath (Erica carnea) is a low-growing evergreen shrubby perennial that is covered with small white, pink or purple flowers in the middle of winter when not much else is blooming.
It is an easy-to-grow bush that spreads slowly to create a dense ground cover that deer ignore.
Winter heath should be watered regularly when it is first planted but is quite drought tolerant once established.