|Erica erigena is an evergreen heath with fine, needle-like foliage in medium green. Growth habit is bushy and upright, up to 8 feet in height and 3 feet in width. Flowers appear between winter and spring, and are urn-shaped, honey scented, in deep lilac-pink. Does well as a hedge in areas that don't receive heavy snowfall. Heaths require good drainage, preferably sandy soil with organic matter such as peat moss added, and most like acidic soil. They rarely require fertilizing; good compost is usually sufficient. Cut back after flowering. 'Irish Dusk' is a compact cultivar with rosy pink flowers and grayish-green foliage.