Scots heather

Calluna vulgaris 'Dark Star'

Scots heather - Calluna vulgaris  'Dark Star'

Common Name: Scots heather
Genus: Calluna
Species: vulgaris
Cultivar: 'Dark Star'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.20 m (20 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.35 m (35 cm)

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below

  • Soil: Well-drained humus-rich acid soil or ericaceous compost
  • Rate of Growth: Average
  • Flowering Period: July to November

    Short spikes of semi-double crimson flowers highly attractive to bees appear from July to November. Dark green leaves. This compact Scots heather is excellent for sunny areas of the garden with well-drained acid soil. Planted in bold drifts the crimson flowers are particularly valuable for accentuating a display of slow-growing dwarf conifers. Otherwise heathers look best among their own kind.

  • Garden Care: When planting incorporate lots of composted pine needles or leaf-mould into the planting hole. In March or April cut back the flowered shoots to within 2.5cm (1in) of the old growth.

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