• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growth to 15 in. high, spreading to 2 ft.
    Key Feature:
    Fall Flowering
    Blooms:
    Summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ka-LOO-na vul-GAH-ris
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growth to 15 in. high, spreading to 2 ft.
    Special features:Bird Friendly
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasHeathers are not too particular about fertility but demand absolute drainage. This has made them a favorite of alpine rock gardeners where elevated positions on outcroppings or banks ensures water flows through quickly. An ideal candidate for top of retaining walls and in raised planters provided soil backfill is granular. Exploit the acidic soils around the edges of conifer groves. Blends nicely with grasses for wild gardens, particularly in coastal conditions. Does well in porous troughs and well drained unglazed ceramic pots.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average to lean, evenly moist, loose, well-drained soil; avoid hot humidity and heavy or poorly drained soils. Shelter from intense afternoon sun exposures in hot summer regions. In harsh winter areas, plant in a sheltered location and mulch root zone to protect. Prune as needed to shape.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Heathers grow wild in much of Britain and northern Europe the same way sagebrush covers the American west. Heathers were always cheap and available plant material. The plants were used to create small household brooms and dusters. They were also used to pack crates of whiskey and other breakables for shipping, and so were spread around early on and found their way to North America along with traditional brooms.