Scotch heather

Calluna vulgaris 'Spring Torch'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Scotch heather (Calluna vulgaris 'Spring Torch')
kal-LOO-nah vul-GAR-iss
Synonyms:  Erica vulgaris
Genus:  Calluna
'Spring Torch' gets its name from the vibrant color of its new growth in spring. The mid-green leaves are tipped in shades of cream, orange, and red. Later in the summer, mauve-pink flower spikes cover the plant and last into the fall. As cold weather sets in, leaves acquire bronze or purple tones, adding further interest. This small, mounding evergreen shrub makes a good groundcover or rock garden plant. Bees love it. Different cultivars are beautiful woven together in the garden to form a colorful tapestry.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Colorful new growth; pink flower spikes in late summer and fall. Attractive to bees.
Care:  Heather needs an open site in well-drained, fertile, acidic soil in full sun. Mulch and cover with pine boughs if snow cover is not consistent. Prune annually in spring by cutting back flowered shoots to within an inch of previous year's growth.
Propagation:  Layer in spring, or root semi-ripe, 2-inch cuttings in mid-summer.
Problems:  During hot summers, spider mites may be a problem.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Ground Covers
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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