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CALLUNA vulgaris 'Alba Erecta'

Image of Calluna vulgaris 'Alba Erecta'

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

CALLUNA vulgaris 'Alba Erecta'

Plant Common Name

Heather, Scotch Heather, White Upright Heather

General Description

Originating from Europe and Asia Minor, white upright heather is a small, evergreen shrub with tiny, scale-like leaves of medium green. Its dense, upright branches shoot up from the base of the plant creating an overall spiky appearance. In summer to fall, it produces numerous, small, bell-shaped flowers of white along its stems.

Heather must have acid soil that is well drained, while being evenly moist and rich in organic matter. It prefers full to partial sun and is wind tolerant. This pretty shrub is highly attractive to bees and when planted in masses, creates an appealing display of fine, spiky mounds. It may also be used in containers, mixed sunny borders or rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Europe, Morocco, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Edging, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes