Calluna Salisb.

Scots Heather

Greek kallunein—to beautify, as they were once used for sweeping.

Evergreen shrub to about 50 cm tall. Leaves 1–2 mm long, opposite and arranged in 4 ranks, scale-like, pressed to the stem. Flowers in terminal spike-like clusters arranged on one side of the stem; summer to autumn. Calyx 4-lobed, pink. Corolla more or less bell-shaped and shorter than the sepals, late summer and autumn. Stamens 8. Ovary superior. Fruit a capsule.

The Heather Society of Great Britain produces an informative yearbook.

Softwood cuttings.

Corolla persistent and concealed within the mostly pink sepals.

1 species from the Azores and Eurasia.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ericaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Updated by: Rob Cross, January 2018

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Ericaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull