Heath Erica terminalis

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath
Corsican heath


Erica terminalis, commonly known as the Corsican heath, is a plant with a bushy, evergreen habit that showcases a dense array of needle-like foliage. The leaves are small and arranged in whorls around the stems, creating a fine-textured appearance. Throughout various seasons, the Corsican heath produces numerous bell-shaped flowers. These blossoms can range in color from white to pale pink to deep rose, and are often clustered toward the ends of the branches, giving the plant a striking and colorful display. The flowers are small, yet they contribute significantly to the ornamental value of the plant. With its rich evergreen leaves and profusion of delicate flowers, the Corsican heath can present a lush and vibrant aspect in various settings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Heath, Corsican Heath

    • Common names

      Erica terminalis

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      There is limited information available regarding the toxicity of Erica terminalis, commonly known as heath. This plant is not generally known for being poisonous to humans. However, as with many plants, it is possible that some individuals may experience an allergic reaction or sensitivity. If ingested, non-toxic plants could still potentially cause mild stomach upset due to the presence of plant compounds not typically part of the human diet. If you suspect poisoning from any plant, it is always best to seek medical attention.

    • To pets

      Similar to the information available for humans, there is not much specific detail on the toxicity of Erica terminalis, commonly known as heath, to pets. This plant is not commonly recognized as being toxic to animals. Nevertheless, it is advisable to prevent pets from ingesting plants, as they might cause gastrointestinal discomfort or an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. If you suspect your pet is suffering from plant poisoning, contact a veterinarian for proper advice and treatment.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-6 feet (0.6-1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      2-6 feet (0.6-1.8 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Erica terminalis, also known as Heath, is known to attract bees and other pollinators, which play a vital role in the success of gardens and the pollination of many other plant species.
    • Ornamental Value: With its vibrant flowers and evergreen foliage, Heath adds color and texture to gardens, contributing to aesthetic landscaping throughout the year.
    • Wildlife Habitat: The dense foliage of Erica terminalis provides shelter for various species of birds and small mammals, enhancing biodiversity.
    • Soil Conservation: The root system of Heath helps in stabilizing soil, thus preventing erosion, especially in sloped areas or in regions with loose soil.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Heath plants are relatively drought-tolerant, making them suitable for low-water gardens and reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Low Maintenance: Erica terminalis is typically easy to care for, requiring minimal pruning and upkeep, which can be appealing for those looking for low-maintenance gardening options.
    • Seasonal Interest: Heath blooms at different times depending on the species, with some flowering in winter, bringing life and color to the garden during otherwise bleak months.

  • 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

    • Ornamental Landscaping: Erica terminalis is commonly used in ornamental gardens for its colorful flowers and evergreen foliage, adding beauty to landscapes year-round.
    • Floral Arrangements: The plant's long-lasting flowers can be incorporated into floral arrangements and bouquets, providing a natural and rustic charm.
    • Erosion Control: Due to its dense growth habit, it can be effective in stabilizing soil and preventing erosion on slopes and banks.
    • Wildlife Habitat: It offers shelter and nesting sites for various insects and birds, promoting biodiversity in garden ecosystems.
    • Winter Interest: As it blooms in the winter, Erica terminalis adds color and interest to gardens during the colder months when other plants may be dormant.
    • Bonsai Crafting: Garden enthusiasts may utilize Erica terminalis for creating bonsai due to its small size and attractive growth habit.
    • Border Plant: The plant can be used to create distinct and colorful borders along paths or between different sections of gardens.
    • Ground Cover: Gardeners employ Erica terminalis as ground cover to suppress weeds due to its dense and low-growing nature.
    • Urban Gardening: It is suitable for city environments as it can tolerate a degree of urban pollution and can be grown in containers on terraces or balconies.
    • Fragrance Source: Some cultivars of Erica terminalis may have a mild fragrance, making them suitable for planting in areas where a subtle natural scent is desired.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Erica terminalis, commonly known as Heather, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Heather is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Endurance: Erica, commonly known as heath or heather, is often associated with endurance due to its ability to thrive on barren and rocky grounds.
    • Solitude: The preference of Erica for isolated and wild landscapes symbolizes a love for solitude and contemplation.
    • Protection: In some folklore, heather is believed to possess protective qualities, offering shelter to travelers and spirits alike.
    • Good Luck: Erica is sometimes carried as a good luck charm, particularly as a safeguard against negative energies and to bring good fortune.
    • Admiration: The delicate beauty of heath flowers can symbolize admiration for someone's beauty or resilience.

Every 2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The common name for Erica terminalis is "heath." Heath plants prefer consistently moist soil, so they should be watered thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Depending on the climate and the indoor conditions, this may mean watering once or twice a week, using about 16 ounces of water each time for a standard pot size. It is critical not to overwater, as heaths are susceptible to root rot. Ensure that any excess water can drain freely from the pot to prevent standing water at the roots.

  • sunLight

    Heath thrives in bright, indirect light. The best spot for a heath plant would be near a window that receives some direct morning sun but is shielded from the intense sun during the peak hours of the afternoon. Avoid placing the plant in full shade or excessively dark corners, as insufficient light can hinder its growth and bloom production.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Heath plants prefer cooler temperatures, ideally between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. They can tolerate temperatures down to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit at night, but should not be exposed to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit as they are not frost-tolerant. During the day, if the indoor temperature remains within the ideal range, the plant should flourish.

  • scissorsPruning

    To maintain its shape and promote bushier growth, heath should be pruned after its bloom cycle, typically in late spring or early summer. This allows the plant to redirect its energy to new growth. Remove any dead or unhealthy stems and trim back about one-third of the plant's size to encourage healthy new stems and flowers. Pruning is also a good time to clear out any debris from the plant's interior to improve air circulation.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the Common Heath is one that is well-draining, acidic, and rich in organic matter, such as a mix of peat moss, sand, and loam. Aim for a soil pH between 4.5 and 5.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Common Heath should be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil, avoid root crowding, and maintain plant health.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Common Heath thrives in moderate to high humidity levels, typically between 50-70%, to mimic its natural heathland habitat.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Choose semi-shaded spots with well-draining acidic soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Erica terminalis, commonly known as the Heath plant, begins its life as a seed, which germinates in well-drained acidic soils, often requiring exposure to light to trigger growth. Upon germination, a seedling emerges and establishes a root system while developing true leaves and stems, entering a vegetative growth stage that can last several years as the plant matures. During its adult phase, the Heath plant produces bell-shaped flowers, typically in shades of pink or white, which attract pollinators and result in the pollination and subsequent seed production. After pollination, the flowers develop into capsules that contain numerous tiny seeds, which are dispersed by wind or wildlife. Erica terminalis is adapted to survive fire-prone environments; it can regenerate by resprouting from the base if the above-ground structure is damaged. Throughout its lifetime, which can extend over many years, the Heath plant experiences a perennial growth habit, with cycles of flowering and dormancy depending on seasonal changes.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The Erica terminalis, commonly known as the Corsican Heath, is often propagated by semi-ripe cuttings. This method is typically carried out during the summer months when the plant's new growth has begun to harden slightly but is not fully mature. To propagate by semi-ripe cuttings, a gardener should select a healthy shoot and cut a stem segment around 3 to 5 inches (approximately 7.6 to 12.7 centimeters) in length, making the cut just below a node. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end may be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then placed in a well-draining potting mix, ensuring that the node where the leaves were removed is beneath the surface of the soil. The cutting should be kept in a humid and warm environment but out of direct sunlight until roots have established, after which it can be gradually acclimatized to normal growing conditions.