Bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold' Erica cinerea f. aureifolia 'Fiddler's Gold'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'
bell heather 'Fiddler's Gold'


'Fiddler's Gold' is a spreading dwarf evergreen shrub to 25cm, forming a mat of red-tipped yellow foliage, greener in summer. Flowers mauve-pink, appearing in summer and early autumn

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Fiddler's Gold Heather, Golden Heather, Golden Bell Heather

    • Common names

      Erica cinerea f. aureifolia 'Fiddler's Gold'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet (30 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: 'Fiddler's Gold' adds vibrant color and texture to gardens with its golden foliage and purple flowers.
    • Attracts Wildlife: The plant is known to attract bees and butterflies, which are beneficial for pollination and the overall health of the garden ecosystem.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it requires less water than many other plants, making it suitable for xeriscaping or drought-prone areas.
    • Low Maintenance: It requires minimal care once settled in the landscape, making it a good choice for gardeners with limited time.
    • Evergreen: This species retains its leaves all year round, providing continual interest even in the cold months.
    • Ground Covering: It can serve as effective ground cover, reducing weed growth and minimizing soil erosion.
    • Deer Resistant: The plant is generally not favored by deer, reducing the risk of damage in areas where deer browsing is a problem.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Erica cinerea can be used in beekeeping as a nectar source to produce a distinct type of heather honey, valued for its gel-like consistency and strong flavor.
    • The branches of 'Fiddler's Gold' are suitable for creating intricate bonsai arrangements, which take advantage of their fine foliage and colorful blooms.
    • Dried Erica cinerea flowers can be used in potpourri to provide a long-lasting natural fragrance and a touch of color to your home.
    • The plant's dense growth habit makes it a natural choice for creating low, informal borders along walkways or garden edges.
    • 'Fiddler's Gold' can be utilized in thematic gardens designed to attract fairies and other mythological beings, thanks to its whimsical golden foliage and lavender flowers.
    • Its striking golden foliage can be used to contrast with dark-leaved plants in photographic compositions and art projects.
    • The fibrous stems and roots may be used in traditional craft for making small woven objects or as a natural tying material.
    • While not commonly used for this purpose, the wood of Erica cinerea could be harvested to produce small wood carvings, given its hard nature when dry.
    • This plant can be planted in containers on patios or balconies to bring year-round interest and color to urban outdoor spaces.
    • When planted in mass, 'Fiddler's Gold' can serve as a habitat for ground-nesting birds and beneficial insects, providing shelter and a breeding ground.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Heather is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Heather is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Endurance: Erica cinerea, commonly known as Bell Heather, typically symbolizes endurance due to its hardy nature, thriving in tough environments.
    • Protection: Bell Heather is often associated with protection, likely linked to its use in thatching roofs in ancient times, providing shelter and safety.
    • Good Luck: This plant is sometimes considered a good luck charm, particularly in Scotland where it is believed that white heather brings good fortune.
    • Solitude: Due to its growth in remote heathlands, Bell Heather may represent solitude or a preference for lone beauty.
    • Admiration: The vibrant hues and resilience of Bell Heather are often linked to admiration for someone's beauty or strength of character.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Bell Heather should be watered thoroughly, allowing the soil to become moderately dry between waterings. In general, aim to water once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions and soil drainage. Bell Heather prefers not to sit in waterlogged soil, so ensure proper drainage. During hotter, drier periods, water consumption may increase, but as a guideline, provide approximately 1 gallon per plant per week, adjusting as necessary for your climate and the plant's needs.

  • sunLight

    Bell Heather thrives in full sun to part shade conditions and should be placed in a location where it receives at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily. The ideal spot would be one where the plant is exposed to morning sunlight and shaded during the harshest afternoon rays, promoting vibrant foliage and flower color.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Bell Heather is cold hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit but may suffer in conditions below that. The ideal temperature range for bell heather is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring vigorous growth and flowering. While bell heather can tolerate some heat, it is important to protect it from extremely high temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Bell Heather to maintain its shape and encourage new growth. The best time for pruning is in late winter or early spring, just before new growth begins. Pruning can be done annually, removing any dead or damaged branches and cutting back approximately one-third of the plant to promote bushier growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    'Fiddler's Gold' Heather thrives in well-draining, acidic soil with a pH range of 4.5 to 5.5. A mix of peat moss, sand, and loamy garden soil is ideal for potting or amending the soil in garden beds to ensure proper drainage and the right acidity.

  • plantRepotting

    'Fiddler's Gold' Heather typically requires repotting every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth. Spring is the best time to repot this plant to minimize stress and promote healthy growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    'Fiddler's Gold' Heather prefers moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable. They do well in average home humidity conditions, without the need for any special adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep in bright, indirect sunlight and moist soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained acidic soil; full sun or partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Erica cinerea f. aureifolia 'Fiddler's Gold', commonly known as Bell Heather, begins its life as a seed, which upon germination in suitable conditions, grows a small root system and a shoot that emerges from the soil. The young plant, or seedling, then develops true leaves and starts photosynthesizing, entering the vegetative stage where it grows steadily in size and form, establishing a larger root system and more foliage. As Bell Heather matures, it enters the flowering stage, typically in the summer months, displaying yellow foliage and small, bell-shaped flowers that attract pollinators and are key for sexual reproduction. After pollination, flowers develop into small capsules containing seeds, thus concluding the reproductive stage. Once matured, these seeds are dispersed by wind or wildlife, and if they land in conducive conditions, the cycle begins again with a new generation of plants. Throughout its life cycle, which may last several years, 'Fiddler's Gold' goes through periods of growth, dormancy in colder months, and rejuvenation in spring, maintaining a perennial habit.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • The propagation of Erica cinerea f. aureifolia 'Fiddler's Gold', commonly known as Heather, is most effectively carried out by semi-hardwood cuttings. This method is typically done during late summer. To propagate by cuttings, one should select a healthy, non-flowering shoot and cut a piece approximately 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long. The lower leaves are removed and the base of the cutting is dipped into rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth. The prepared cutting is then inserted into a pot filled with a mixture of peat and perlite or a similar well-draining rooting medium. The cuttings should be kept moist and in a well-lit area but out of direct sunlight until roots develop, which often takes several weeks. Once rooted, the young plants can be potted on into individual containers.