Heaths Erica × veitchii 'Gold Tips'

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


Erica × veitchii 'Gold Tips' is a striking plant known for its gold-tipped foliage. Resembling a spray of needles, the leaves are arranged densely along the stems, creating a rich texture. Each leaf, small and narrow, culminates in a golden hue that adds a luminous quality to the plant's overall appearance, especially when the sunlight catches the tips. During its blooming season, 'Gold Tips' produces flowers that come together in small, bell-shaped clusters. These flowers stand out against the foliage with their color, which can range from pale to deeper pink hues, depending on the specific conditions the plant is grown in. The plant possesses an overall bushy and thick form, with its branches spreading out gracefully from the center. This dense habit makes it an attractive option for adding depth and contrast to garden beds or as a standalone feature in a suitable location. In terms of seasonal changes, 'Gold Tips' may exhibit a change in the intensity of its golden foliage color. The colder months may enhance the vibrancy of the gold coloration, while the warmer seasons might see a softening of this effect. This dynamic color shift throughout the year provides ongoing interest and makes it a valuable addition to gardens that focus on year-round appeal.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Veitch's Heath, Gold Tip Heath

    • Common names

      Erica × veitchii 'Gold Tips'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Veitch's heath is generally considered non-toxic to humans. There are no well-documented cases of poisoning from ingesting this plant, which suggests that it is unlikely to cause harm if consumed in small quantities. As with any plant material, individuals may experience varying sensitivities, and it's always wise to err on the side of caution and avoid ingesting parts of ornamental plants.

    • To pets

      Veitch's heath is not commonly known to be toxic to pets. There is a lack of significant evidence to suggest that animals like dogs and cats are at risk of poisoning from consuming parts of this plant. However, pet owners should still prevent their pets from eating ornamental plants as a general precaution, because individual animals might have different reactions, including gastrointestinal upset, even to non-toxic plants.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 feet (1.22 meters)

    • Spread

      4 feet (1.22 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Foliage: Erica × veitchii 'Gold Tips' features eye-catching foliage with golden tips, offering a splash of color to gardens throughout the year.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal care, making it ideal for gardeners looking for low-maintenance plants.
    • All-Season Interest: This evergreen shrub provides visual interest throughout the seasons with its persistent foliage and winter flowers.
    • Drought Tolerance: It is relatively drought-tolerant, making it suitable for gardens in drier climates.
    • Wildlife Attractor: The flowers provide nectar for bees and other pollinators, thus supporting local ecosystems.
    • Adaptable: It can adapt to a range of soil types, although it prefers acidic conditions.
    • Winter Blooming: With its late winter to early spring blooming period, it adds color during a time when few other plants are in flower.
    • Compact Growth: Its manageable size makes it suitable for small gardens, borders, or as part of a mixed shrubbery.

  • 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

    • Photography Prop: The 'Gold Tips' variety of heath can be used by photographers as a vibrant foreground or background element in garden and nature photography due to its distinctive golden-tipped foliage.
    • Craft Material: Its unique foliage can be incorporated into floral crafts such as wreaths, garlands, and decorative displays for a touch of natural color and texture.
    • Educational Tool: Botany educators may use heath to demonstrate various plant adaptation mechanisms, such as how plants can evolve to have colorful traits that may attract pollinators or serve other functions.
    • Model Landscaping: Miniature landscape creators and model enthusiasts may use small branches or clippings of 'Gold Tips' to represent trees or shrubs in their tiny creations.
    • Culinary Garnish: Although not a traditional use, the non-toxic leaves can be used as a decorative garnish for plating in high-end culinary presentations.
    • Seasonal Decor: The plant can be potted and decorated with fairy lights or small ornaments during festive seasons, serving as a living seasonal decoration.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists may draw inspiration from the texture and color of the plant for paintings, textiles, and other art forms that incorporate organic patterns.
    • Color Dye: The foliage of heath may be used experimentally to create natural dyes for fabric, yarn, or paper, although the colorfastness and intensity would need to be evaluated.
    • Scented Sachets: Dried 'Gold Tips' foliage can be included in potpourri or scented sachets to bring a subtle natural aroma to closets, drawers, or rooms.
    • Wedding Décor: Small cuttings or potted specimens of 'Gold Tips' can be utilized in wedding decor, offering an elegant and natural aesthetic to table centerpieces or venue decorations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Erica × veitchii 'Gold Tips', commonly known as Heather, when used in Feng Shui, is often associated with cleansing properties and bringing a peaceful energy to the home. It can be placed in the family area to promote harmony or in the wealth corner to enhance prosperity.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Heather is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Endurance: Erica species, commonly known as heath or heather, often symbolize endurance due to their hardy nature and ability to thrive in harsh environments.
    • Protection: Heather has traditionally been considered a protective plant, with the belief that it can guard against negative forces and bring safety to those who keep it nearby.
    • Luck: Heather is also associated with good fortune. In some cultures, carrying a sprig of heather is thought to bring luck and ward off harmful spirits.
    • Solitude: Due to its growth in remote, barren landscapes, heather can represent solitude or the enjoyment of one’s own company away from the society.
    • New Beginnings: The vibrant growth of heather in the spring has made it a symbol of new beginnings and the renewal of life after a period of dormancy.

Every 1-2 weeks
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Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Heather 'Gold Tips' needs consistent moisture but does not tolerate soggy soil, so it's important to water it when the top inch of soil feels dry. Water the plant thoroughly, allowing the water to run through the drainage holes to ensure deep saturation of the soil. On average, water your Heather 'Gold Tips' with about 1 to 2 gallons of water every week, adjusting for rainfall and temperature, as it may need more frequent watering during hot, dry spells or less if conditions are cool and damp.

  • sunLight

    Heather 'Gold Tips' thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for this plant would be where it can receive at least four to six hours of sunlight daily, preferably in the morning with some afternoon shade to protect it from the intense late-day sun. Avoid deep shade locations, as insufficient light can lead to poor flowering and a leggy growth habit.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Heather 'Gold Tips' can withstand temperatures down to around 10 degrees Fahrenheit but performs best in cooler climates. The ideal temperature range for this heather lies between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive brief periods of colder snaps and is generally hardy in colder zones, but extended exposure to temperatures higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit can cause stress to the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Heather 'Gold Tips' immediately after flowering to maintain its shape and encourage new growth. Pruning in late spring to early summer, depending on your local climate and flowering time, is ideal. Pruning once a year is sufficient, removing only the tips of the stems that have bloomed to keep the plant compact and to stimulate future blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Gold Tips heath is one that is well-draining, acidic, and rich in organic matter. Aim for a soil pH between 4.5 and 5.5. A mixture of peat moss, fine pine bark, and perlite or sand in equal parts can work well for maintaining the necessary conditions.

  • plantRepotting

    Gold Tips heath should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when it outgrows its current container. Choose a pot only slightly larger than the current one, as too much space can lead to excess moisture and potential root rot.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Gold Tips heath thrives in moderate to high humidity levels. Aim for humidity levels between 50-70% for optimal growth and to mimic its natural heathland habitat.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in acidic soil, bright indirect light, keep humidity high.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun to part shade, acidic well-draining soil, protect from winter winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Erica × veitchii 'Gold Tips', commonly known as Heather 'Gold Tips', begins its life cycle when seeds are sown in well-draining, acidic soil, typically in the fall or spring. The seedlings emerge and establish a root system, after which they enter a vegetative growth phase, developing characteristic needle-like leaves with golden tips. As the plants mature, they enter the flowering stage, usually in late winter to early spring, producing small bell-shaped flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into tiny capsules containing seeds, which when mature, are dispersed by wind or wildlife, allowing the cycle to start anew. Throughout its life, Heather 'Gold Tips' requires pruning to maintain shape and encourage new growth, and may undergo periods of dormancy in colder climates. With proper care, this evergreen shrub can last for many years, contributing to its surrounding ecosystem by providing habitat and food for various species.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • For the Heather 'Gold Tips', also known as Erica × veitchii 'Gold Tips', the most popular method of propagation is through semi-ripe cuttings. This technique is best performed during the late summer months. To propagate, select healthy, non-flowering shoots from the current year's growth. Cuttings should be about 2 to 3 inches long (5 to 7.5 centimeters). Strip the lower leaves and dip the cut end into rooting hormone to encourage root development. Plant the cuttings in a mixture of peat and perlite, ensuring the environment is humid and well-lit but out of direct sunlight. Roots typically develop within a few weeks, after which you can transplant the new heathers into individual pots to grow on before planting out.