Scots heather

Calluna vulgaris 'Wickwar Flame'

Scots heather - Calluna vulgaris  'Wickwar Flame'

Common Name: Scots heather
Genus: Calluna
Species: vulgaris
Cultivar: 'Wickwar Flame'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.65 m (65 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

    Upright spikes of mauve-pink flowers highly attractive to bees appear from July to November. The leaves turn first gold then red in winter.  This colourful Scots heather is a relative of  the native ling that once colonized a quarter of Britain. It looks fantastic planted alongside other heathers with contrasting foliage or flowers.

  • Garden Care: 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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Scots heather - Calluna vulgaris  'Dark Star'

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