• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growth to 15 in. high, spreading to 2 ft.
    Key Feature:
    Fall Flowering
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ka-LOO-na vul-GAH-ris
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growth to 15 in. high, spreading to 2 ft.
    Special features:Attracts Birds
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    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
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Prefers rocky, unimproved soils. Do not over fertilize.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & 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.