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Calluna vulgaris 'Darkness' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Red in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

heather 'Darkness'

Family

Ericaceae


Calluna are low-growing or dwarf evergreen shrubs with stems clothed in tiny overlapping leaves, and terminal, spike-like racemes of small, 4-petalled flowers with coloured calyces

'Darkness' is a compact, low-growing evergreen shrub to 25cm in height, with dark green foliage and short racemes of crimson flowers

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained acidic soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Ground Cover or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases