Plants for acid soils that maybe you did not know


Plants for acid soils that maybe you did not know
These plants for acid soils are great options to give color and variety to these types of gardens

There is a wide variety of plants for acid soils, which will only thrive at these pH levels and, therefore, are unable to grow on other types of substrates. If our garden does not have an acid soil, the plants that I will tell you next can grow them in pots, providing them with the appropriate substrate.

When we speak of acid soils, we refer to those substrates whose pH levels are less than 6. If you do not know what the pH of the soil is, I invite you to read this note.

A pH of 6.5, is a slightly acidic soil that is ideal for most plants, on the other hand, a pH of 5.5 or lower will be a very acidic soil, which is ideal for acidic acidophilous plants such as Rhododendrons and Heather Other plants could live well in this type of soil, but basophils will not support it.

Plants for acidic soils


The Pieris is a refined shrub, ideal for acid soils that are in the shade. The variety ‘Forest Flame’ has buds of fire red and white flowers.

We must locate it in the shade and never exceed the risks or fertilizers.

Calluna vulgaris

calluna vulgaris

The cultivars of this heather are ideal for beds or for upholstering the ground. Its flowers appear in summer and can be red, pink, purple or white.

It adapts both to areas of full sun and medium shade and likes moderate watering in spring and summer.




The camellia is a perennial and elegant shrub. In general, it has pink or red flowers, but there are varieties like the ‘Cornish Snow’ whose flowers are white.

Suitable for areas of partial sun or shade, always with a moist floor.

Erica carnea

erica carnea

This is a small heather up to 60 cm high, with cultivars that bloom at different times of the year. We can find it with pink, purple or white flowers; some varieties have leafs in yellow tones.

They grow better in full sun, although it can be adapted to a partial shade and we must water it with rainwater or not calcareous.



This member of our list of plants for acid soils has the particularity that, during spring and summer, its arched branches produce compact shrubs full of cup-shaped flowers.

If the heat is not too excessive, it can be placed in full sun, otherwise, it is better in the shade; and the risks must be moderate.



Many varieties of this plant present attractive flowers at the end of winter. The most recognized and preferred by gardeners is usually the Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’.

It is a plant that does not resist drought, which requires moderate watering, especially in summer. To avoid problems it is better to place it in semi-shade unless the humidity is very high, in the latter case if it can be placed in full sun.