Eva Gold Heath

Erica x darleyensis 'Eva Gold'

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Eva Gold Heath (Erica x darleyensis 'Eva Gold') at Weston Nurseries

Eva Gold Heath flowers

Eva Gold Heath flowers

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Eva Gold Heath (Erica x darleyensis 'Eva Gold') at Weston Nurseries

Eva Gold Heath flowers

Eva Gold Heath flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Darley Heath


One of the toughest and more tolerant of heaths to a variety of soils and moisture conditions; features bright pink flowers along upright spikes in late winter and early spring over bronze to gold foliage; makes a great groundcover

Ornamental Features

Eva Gold Heath is clothed in stunning spikes of pink bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late winter to mid spring. It has attractive coppery-bronze-variegated dark green foliage with hints of gold. The tiny needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Eva Gold 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.

Eva Gold Heath is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Eva Gold Heath will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. 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 foliage 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
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features