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A picture of a Heather

Heather

Calluna vulgaris

Also known as

Ling

Calluna vulgaris 1 by bdk (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate 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

This plant has no fragrance

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Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull. (7830913422)
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Overview

Commonly known as heather, the perennial, evergreen shrub (Calluna vulgaris) has 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. The plant 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

Propagation

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer.

Layering

Layer in spring.

Special Features

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

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