Darley Dale Heath, Darley Heath, Winter Heath 'Kramer's Red'

Erica x darleyensis

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Erica (ER-ee-kuh) (Info)
Species: x darleyensis (dar-lee-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Kramer's Red
Additional cultivar information:(aka Kramer's Rote)
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage


Provides winter interest

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boise, Idaho

Norfolk, Massachusetts

Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Keyport, New Jersey

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Annandale, Virginia

Reston, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

Bellevue, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 28, 2014, plantfreak78 from Rolesville, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love it when people harshly judge a plant that they bought at Lowes or Home Depot and assume its the plants fault when it dies.
First off, try a real nursery where you can get good plants and good advice. Second, you're trying too hard. In central NC we grow this plant in full sun in our native soil amended with a little pine bark soil conditioner.


On Mar 13, 2012, hckybreath from Keyport, NJ wrote:

tried to establish several robust plants from Lowe's; only one is holding on and hanging by a thread; I ammended the soil with some gravel; and organic matter and wood chips; and placed the plant among some rock; but apparently that still wasn't enough; my next " experiment will be to split open the root ball and elevate the plant slightly above the surrounding grade; maybe this will help
Heathers and heaths are such great plants for late winter to relieve the "blahs " but apparently very finnicky to establish; .the folks at Hickory Hills Nursery ( specialist in Heather and heath ) suggested that too much sun may also be a problem because there is less sun in Scotland than here; so maybe some afternoon shade is desirable in the summer ?


On Feb 14, 2009, NorfolkLiz from Norfolk, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Have had blooming in December but needs winter protection just in case. I usually put white pine branches around it. Snow cover is best. Very low temps (10 degrees? and below) without protection can cause to lose all needles and flower buds. Really does bloom in snow.