Plant family: Ericaceae - Heath
Plant type: Groundcover, Slope Stabilizer
Plant origin: N/A, California
Coastal Sage Scrub
Clay, Sandy Loam, Adaptable
Attracts Wildlife, Good under Oaks, Lawn Substitute, Slope Stabilizer, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerates Hard Frost
Radiant manzanita is found in the northern parts of the US, growing amidst the conifers and oaks on the west coast from northern California up to Alaska. It makes an excellent matting ground cover, growing only up to 8 inches high and spreading up to 6 feet. Radiant manzanita can spill over a wall, down a slope, or replace a lawn. It has small pink flowers in early winter followed by bright red berries that make a great wildlife offering for native birds. Full sun along the coast, but some shade inland in hot areas would be appreciated by this fresh looking, evergreen groundcover. This fast growing manzanita is best planted in coastal gardens. If planting inland be sure to provide shade and supplemental irrigation. Radiant manzanita will grow in most soils including clay and sand as long as there is good drainage and some moisture, adapting to traditional garden conditions quite well. This showy evergreen groundcover manzanita is an excellent choice to replace a lawn, line a walkway, or cover a tree studded slope.
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