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Calluna vulgaris is often confused with:
Erica carnea Erica carnea 'Challenger'
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Verbena canadensis Verbena canadensis
Kalanchoe K. longifora var.coccinea leaves
Dianthus deltoides Dianthus deltoides

Calluna vulgaris

Phonetic Spelling
kal-LOO-nah vul-GAIR-iss
Description

Can be grown as a groundcover; prune every spring to prevent bare stems.  It is tolerant of poor soils.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Scale and spider mites can be problems.  Stem rot occurs during hot, humid summers like we have in the south.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Kinlochruel'
  • 'Mair's Variety'
'Kinlochruel', 'Mair's Variety'
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#low maintenance#shrub border#rock gardens#background
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Kinlochruel'
  • 'Mair's Variety'
'Kinlochruel', 'Mair's Variety'
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#low maintenance#shrub border#rock gardens#background
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Calluna
    Species:
    vulgaris
    Family:
    Ericaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Plants were used to make brooms.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eurasia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Dense
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Rose to purplish-pink flowers on 1"-12" one-sided raceme; summer to fall
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Tiny needle-like leaves in groups of 4 opposite, simple, medium gray-green leaves; green to bronze to purple winter color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Poor Soil