Heather, Calluna Vulgaris, Ericaceae
- Heather, the plants common name is of Scottish origin believed to be derived from the Scots word Haeddre.
- Calluna, from the Greek ‘Kallune’ meaning to clean or brush, the twigs were once used for making brooms.
- ‘vulgaris’ is the Latin word for common.
Heather is an evergreen. Sizes vary from small tufts, mounds & carpeters to shrubs about 3′ tall.
Flowers can be single or double & come in a multitude of variations of pink, purple, white, copper, silver, red & even green. White flowers are believed to be lucky in Scotland.
Late summer bloomer, usually July – November.
Native to Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, Russia & North America. Grows well in poor acidic, sandy soil. Has become an invasive species in some areas of New Zealand.
Heather beetles were released to keep the Heather from taking over, we’ll see……???
Perennial, USDA Zone 4 (-30 degrees) to Zone 8 or 10 with care.
Most wild Heather’s are mauve tones or purples.
Widely grown in rock gardens. They also make great flower arrangements.
Tradition herbal remedies have been made out of Heather for generations. Calluna vulgaris herb has been used in Austria as tea for disorders of the kidneys & urinary tract.
This is one of Scotland’s most popular plants. In the Moorland and Heathland areas, Heather honey is prized product. But not always, because it sets like jelly until you mix it up back into a syrup, plus, it has a strong taste and a bizzare texture. Heather honey is thixotropic making it harder to extract.
Heather is an important part of the food chain, many creatures depend on it as a food source.
This plant needs full sun. It likes soil that is acidic and well-drained. Protect them from cold harsh winter winds. Can be planted as long as the soil isn’t frozen. When planting Heather it is a good idea to mix some fertilizer, peat moss and compost into any existing soil. It’s probably best to skip mulching or mulch lightly. Heather will not tolerate soggy soil!
Heather likes to be pruned every year to encourage new flowering. Will tolerate grazing.
Feeding Heather will encourage beautiful color, poor foliage color and stunted growth indicate your Heather may need to be fertilized using a rhododendron fertilizer.
We are working toward opening a Community Wellness Studio. We want to be able to sell dried Heather flowers in our general Store!
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