Merlyn Scotch Heather

Calluna vulgaris 'Merlyn'

An attractive and hardy evergreen shrub for the rock garden or border. Masses of luminous, vibrant pink buds offer a showy late season display, lasting well through first frost. The deep green foliage lends a fine, delicate texture to the landscape. Wonderful in fresh or dried flower arrangements. Evergreen.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationka-LOO-na vul-GAIR-iss
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer to Fall
Design IdeasPerfect to accent borders and rock gardens or massed, this evergreen shrub is a great choice to accompany rhododendrons and acid-loving plants. Planted as a ground cover, the plants will slowly form a dense mat that defeats most weeds and provides year round beauty. Highly desirable for their interesting texture and long lasting display, "bud-blooming" heathers such as this are known for flower buds that swell and color up, but unlike traditional Erica or Calluna varieties, never open to reveal the flower, instead providing a unique, showy display of upright, densely packed bloom spikes.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden, Hillside, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsSpreading Juniper (Juniperus); Lily of the Valley (Pieris); Spreading Yew (Taxus); Blueberry (Vaccinium); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Carpet Rose (Rosa)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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