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see heathheath,
in botany, common name for some members of the Ericaceae, a family of chiefly evergreen shrubs with berry or capsule fruits. Plants of the heath family form the characteristic vegetation of many regions with acid soils, particularly the moors, swamps, and mountain slopes
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(Calluna), a genus of plants of the family Ericaceae, represented by only one species (C. vulgaris). A low evergreen shrub, usually 30-70 cm high, it has numerous small, sessile, almost trihedral leaves that are tegularly arranged in four layers. The flowers are also small and numerous on young branches in more or less unilateral racemes; the corolla is lilac pinkish, sometimes white, shorter than the bright, laminated calyx, which is colored like the corolla.

Heather grows in pine forests, in burned-out forests, and in peat bogs, often forming dense thickets. It is found in Europe, predominantly in the northern half, Asia (mainly in the western portion), North Africa (Morocco), the Azores, Greenland, and the Atlantic coast of America. Heather is a good nectar-bearer but gives a tart, or even bitter, honey; it had fodder value, especially in the Atlantic countries of Western Europe. Flowering branches are used as winter bouquets. Sometimes representatives of the genus Erica are also called heather.



Calluna vulgaris. An evergreen heath of northern and alpine regions distinguished by racemes of small purple-pink flowers.


1. a low-growing evergreen Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Calluna vulgaris, that grows in dense masses on open ground and has clusters of small bell-shaped typically pinkish-purple flowers
2. any of certain similar plants
3. a purplish-red to pinkish-purple colour
4. of or relating to interwoven yarns of mixed colours
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Carpeting plants are among the most effective and so are hummock-formers such as Calluna vulgaris and clump-forming herbaceous perennials like hostas whose foliage lies down in winter, although in the latter case there is the risk of winter-germinating weeds.
ACER PALMATUM: time to prune back WINTER HEATH: Calluna vulgaris requires full sun to perform well but will stand up to the worst of any cold weather that the winter chooses to throw at us and needs no care, other than a light trim in spring once the last flowers have faded (S)
Heather, the ling or calluna type common on moorland, blooms in summer so why should a new variety of Calluna vulgaris be called Easter Bonfire?
Others which will thrive at the seaside include pinks, (Dianthus), thrift, (Armeria), and sea holly, (Eryngium), Calluna vulgaris, cordyline, hebes, holly, spiraea, ulex, hydrangea, olearia, lavatera, cordyline and cistus, although some are not hardy.
Go for the heather calluna vulgaris 'Annemarie', with pale pink buds that deepen as they open and are set off by pink-flowering cyclamen hederifolium, with its pretty marbled leaves to lighten the scheme.