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Zones 4-6

Common Heather

Calluna vulgaris

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Common Heather

Calluna vulgaris

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Deer Resistant

Botanical Name

Calluna vulgaris

Outdoor Growing zone

4-6

Mature Height

2-3

Mature Width

2-3

Sun needs

Full Sun

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Heather is a beautiful small evergreen shrub, forming a broad mat of fine branches, between 2 and 3 feet tall and wide. The fine, needle-like leaves cling to the wiry stems, and from July into September all the upper parts of the stems are covered in thousands of small, bell-shaped flowers that are a beautiful smokey purple. They create a purple haze across the beds, just as they do in their native countries, such as Scotland, where this plant is iconic, growing on moors and heaths. Use it as a ground-cover on poor soils, and for the sunny areas in a garden of acid-loving plants.

  • The classic plant beloved by Scottish people
  • Glows with purple blooms from July to September
  • Excellent ground-cover for gardens of acid-loving plants
  • Grows well in poor soils, like acid sands
  • Highly resistant to deer

Full sun or partial shade are ideal for growing Heather, which thrives in acid, sandy or well-drained soils, including soils very low in nutrients. It grows best in cooler zones, and enjoys a steady supply of water. It is generally pest and disease free and almost guaranteed not to be eaten by deer. It is also generally not bothered much by rabbits. A simple trim in late fall or early winter, cutting back to just below the dead flowers, is all the attention it needs.

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