Golden Darley Dale Heath Erica × darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Eva Gold' (PBR)

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


The plant known as 'Eva Gold' is a visually striking evergreen that boasts an array of colorful features throughout the year. It has eye-catching foliage that displays a vibrant yellow-gold color that adds warmth and brightness to garden landscapes. The leaves are needle-like in shape, producing a fine texture that contrasts beautifully against the greenery of other garden plants. As the seasons change, 'Eva Gold' graces the garden with an abundance of bell-shaped flowers. These blooms emerge in a profusion of pink to white shades and are arranged densely along the stems, adding a soft, delicate effect to the overall appearance. The blossoms are attractive to bees and other pollinators, making this plant not only ornamental but also beneficial for supporting local wildlife. In combination, the golden foliage and bountiful flowers of 'Eva Gold' create a striking ornamental display that is both elegant and resilient, offering year-round interest without the need to mention its specific dimensions.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Darley Dale Heath, Eva Gold Heath, Golden Heath.

    • Common names

      Erica × darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Eva Gold' (PBR)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Erica × darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Eva Gold' (PBR) is Darley Dale heath. In general, the Erica genus is not known for being toxic to humans, and there are no widespread reports of toxicity regarding Darley Dale heath. As with any plant, individual reactions can vary, and it's always best to avoid ingesting plants that are not meant for consumption. If you suspect poisoning, seek medical attention.

    • To pets

      The common name for Erica × darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Eva Gold' (PBR) is Darley Dale heath. This plant is not typically listed as toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. However, as with all non-food plants, it's usually recommended to prevent your pets from ingesting it due to the potential for gastrointestinal upset or an unpredictable reaction. If you observe your pet consuming Darley Dale heath and they exhibit any signs of illness, please consult your veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Spread

      3 feet (90 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Year-round interest with evergreen foliage and seasonal flowers, offering a persistent aesthetic appeal.
    • Attracts pollinators such as bees, assisting in the pollination of nearby plants.
    • Low maintenance requirements, making it suitable for gardeners with limited time or expertise.
    • Drought-tolerant once established, reducing the need for frequent watering and conserving water resources.
    • Cold hardy, allowing it to survive and thrive in cooler climates and resist frost damage.
    • Adaptable to a variety of soil types, from acidic to neutral, providing flexibility in garden design.
    • Compact size suitable for small gardens, containers, or as part of a mixed border.
    • Colorful foliage and flowers add visual interest to the garden throughout the year.
    • Resistant to most pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Can be used for ground cover, helping to prevent soil erosion and suppress weeds.

  • 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

    • Erosion control: Due to its dense rooting system, Darley Dale heath can stabilize slopes and prevent soil erosion.
    • Garden art: Trim this plant into various topiaries for aesthetic garden sculptures.
    • Dried flower arrangements: The flowers can be dried and used in long-lasting, decorative arrangements.
    • Winter garden interest: Its evergreen foliage and winter blooms can provide color in otherwise dormant gardens.
    • Photography: Darley Dale heath's vibrant colors can be used as a natural backdrop for outdoor portrait photography.
    • Miniature gardens: It can be incorporated in small, fairy-tale-like garden setups due to its modest size and color.
    • Thematic landscaping: Use this plant in a gold-themed garden setup, accentuating its golden foliage.
    • Culinary decoration: Edible flowers can be used as garnishes for culinary dishes (ensure no pesticides have been used).
    • Animal habitat: Offers shelter and potential nesting sites for small garden fauna like insects and birds.
    • Boundary marking: Plant in a row to denote boundaries or walkways in a garden without the need for fences.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Darley Dale Heath is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Darley Dale Heath is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Adaptability: This plant is a hybrid, representing the ability to thrive in a variety of conditions, symbolizing versatility and adaptability in life.
    • Warmth: The cultivar name 'Eva Gold' evokes a sense of warmth and richness, symbolizing a bright disposition and a welcoming presence.
    • Beauty and Elegance: With its delicate flowers, the plant is often associated with beauty and grace, representing refined beauty and elegance in one's character.
    • Resilience: Heather plants in general are known for their hardiness, symbolizing resilience and the strength to overcome challenges.

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

    The winter heath, commonly referred to as Heath 'Eva Gold', should be watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, provide water approximately once a week, adjusting for rainfall, ensuring that the plant receives about 1 gallon of water each time. In hot, dry weather, increase the frequency to maintain moisture levels, while in cooler seasons or during periods of rainfall, reduce the frequency correspondingly. Avoid overhead watering to prevent diseases; instead, water at the base of the plant. In the winter months, reduce watering as the plant's growth slows down, but do not allow the soil to completely dry out.

  • sunLight

    Heath 'Eva Gold' thrives best in full sun to partial shade conditions. Ideally, it should receive at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day. An optimal spot for this plant is one where it will be exposed to the morning sun and get some afternoon shade, especially in hotter regions, to protect it from the intense late-day sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Heath 'Eva Gold' prefers cooler temperatures and can typically withstand temperatures down to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is not well-suited for extremely hot conditions. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive short periods of higher temperatures but should be protected from extreme heatwaves and cold snaps below the threshold.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Heath 'Eva Gold' in late winter or early spring to maintain shape and encourage bushy growth. This also helps to prevent the center of the plant from becoming woody and bare. Pruning is typically done annually, removing any dead or diseased branches and trimming back overgrowth to promote the health and appearance of the plant. Deadheading the faded flowers can also encourage a second bloom.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The ideal soil mix for Heather 'Eva Gold' is well-draining, rich in organic matter, with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 5.0 to 7.0. A mixture containing peat moss, sand, and loamy soil in equal parts works best to provide the necessary drainage and nutrient profile.

  • plantRepotting

    Heather 'Eva Gold' should be repotted every 2-3 years to ensure the soil remains fertile and well-draining. Choose a pot slightly larger than the previous one to allow for growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Heather 'Eva Gold' thrives in moderate humidity levels, typical of outdoor environments. It does not require high humidity and can tolerate the humidity levels found in most homes if grown indoors.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Heather 'Eva Gold' in bright, indirect light, away from heat sources.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Heather 'Eva Gold' in partial to full sun, in well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Erica × darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Eva Gold', commonly known as the golden foliaged Darley Dale heath, begins its life cycle when seeds germinate in moist, well-draining acidic soil in spring. After seedling establishment, the plant enters a vegetative growth phase, characterized by the development of its golden-yellow foliage, which is particularly vibrant in the colder months. As it matures, the shrub-like perennial undergoes periods of growth and dormancy, aligning with seasonal changes. It typically flowers in late winter to early spring, producing small bell-shaped, pinkish-white flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, if seeds are produced, they are disbursed to give rise to new plants. This heath generally has a slow to moderate growth rate and can continue this cyclical growth pattern for many years, with appropriate care and occasional pruning to maintain its compact shape and encourage new growth.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating the Erica × darleyensis f. aureifolia 'Eva Gold', commonly known as Heather, is by semi-hardwood cuttings. This typically takes place in late summer. Cuttings about 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) long are taken from the current year's growth, ensuring that a few leaves are retained at the top while the lower leaves are removed. The cut end of the cutting is then dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development and planted in a moist, well-draining potting mix. The pot is covered with plastic to maintain humidity, and placed in a bright, warm location out of direct sunlight. Roots usually develop within several weeks, after which the new plants can be transplanted.