Scientific Name: Calluna vulgaris
Common Name: heather
Family Name: Ericaceae
Origin: Central / west Asia, Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen, Ground cover
Mature Size: 0.4 - 0.7m x 0.6 - 1.0m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Upright
Form: Mounded
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Dried flower or fruit, Group or mass planting, Small garden/space, Spring interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Acidic, Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Scale-like, Opposite, Prickly, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Raceme, White, Violet, Purple, Pink, Red, Jul-Aug-Sep-Oct
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Oct-Nov, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Leaves linear 1-2mm long x 0.3-0.5mm wide, somewhat scale like, two per node but next pair rotated 90 degrees so that the stems look like an X if viewing a short stem section from the end; flower parts in 4's, 4-5mm wide, most cvs. pink-purple, Jul-Oct.