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.
Corolla persistent and concealed within the mostly pink sepals.
1 species from the Azores and Eurasia.
Source: (1997). Ericaceae. In: . 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