Calluna vulgaris


Broom, Scottish Heather

This densely spreading bush has a prostrate stem that sends up erect branches. It bears tiny bell shaped flowers in the summer. The flowers from white to deep purple, but are most famously mauve in colour.


Bud flowering types make good dried flowers. This shrub is great as a ground-cover.


Heather is native to Great Britain and does well in a cool, moist climate. It does best in deep organic, acid soils. It is frost resistant but drought tender, so needs plenty of water in dry spells. Prune heather lightly in the Spring. Propagation is best done by taking cuttings from non flowering shoots in late summer.


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