Latin name: Erica carnea

Flowering time: December to April

Uses: Good nectar and pollen

Source: NBKT/Mace/Aston/Hooper

Erica carnea is the ‘winter heath’ readily available in garden centres.   This species can survive in alkaline conditions but is happiest in a more acidic environment.  Erica cinerea (bell heather), E. tetralix (cross-leaved heath) and E. vagans (Cornish heath) flower between June and November.  All are excellent honey bee plants it’s just a question of overcoming their seventies image.  Check out this contemporary design with them.