Common heather

If you have an acidic soil, this one is for you!
Common name : Common heather
Scientific name : Calluna vulgaris
Family : Ericaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Calluna vulgaris - the common heather - is the sole species in the genus Calluna in the Ericaceae, found widely in Europe and Asia Minor on acidic soils. It is a low-growing perennial shrub growing to 50 centimetres (19.7 in) tall with small scale-leaves in opposite and decussate pairs (whereas those of Erica are generally larger and in whorls of 3 or4), and mauve, sometimes white-flowers in racemes. Calluna is sometimes referred to as Summer (or Autumn) heather to distinguish it from winter or spring flowering species of Erica.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 15 - 60
pH 6

Identify my heather

Callunes are woody plants with low and wide port, 15 to 60 cm high. They bear evergreen leaves. Possible confusion between heather: - Heather of the genus Calluna bears flowers whose 4 welded sepals form a corolla in which 4 shorter petals are concealed. - Heathers of the genus Erica have just 4 welded petals that form the corolla. The common heather is about fifty centimeters high and is covered with many flowers between July and December.

Plant my heather

Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, and replace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.

Water my heather

Water regulary in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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