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Heather

Calluna spp.

Also known as

Ling

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

80cm

10cm

Min

40cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Heather Overview

The genus Calluna contains just 1 species of perennial, evergreen shrub (Calluna vulgaris) with hundreds of cultivars. It naturally occurs in a range of moorland, bog, and heathland habitats around the world. In New Zealand, it is considered as an unwanted organism and a ban is in place for its sale and propagation. Similarly, in Australia, Calluna is on the alert list for eradication. It grows to between 40-70 cm tall, producing many bell-shaped flowers in late summer. Leaves and small and scale-like measuring 2-3 mm in length. It tends to dominate heath and moorland habitats, can handle grazing and regenerates effectively following fires.

Common problems with Heather

How to propagate Heather

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer.

Layering

Layer in spring.

Division

Seed

Special features of Heather

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Heather

Grown for their flowers and foliage (the latter all year round).