Calluna vulgaris 'Wickwar Flame'

Scots heather

1 litre pot £5.99 Buy
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Copper and gold heather foliage topped by mauve-pink flowers, looks resplendent in winter sun, but lime-free soil only

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained, humus-rich, acid soil or ericaceous compost
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to November
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Upright spikes of mauve-pink flowers, highly attractive to bees, appear from July to November. The leaves turn first gold, then red in winter.  This colourful Scots heather is a relative of  the native ling that once colonized a quarter of Britain. It looks fantastic planted alongside other heathers with contrasting foliage or flowers.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of composted pine needles or leaf-mould into the planting hole. In March or April cut back the flowered shoots to within 2.5cm (1in) of the old growth.


Calluna vulgaris 'Dark Star'

Scots heather

Semi-double, crimson flowers

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