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Calluna vulgaris 'Kerstin' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pale Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver in Autumn, Summer and Winter
Grey/Silver, Red and Pale Yellow in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

heather 'Kerstin'

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

'Kerstin' is a dwarf shrub with downy grey foliage, with yellow and red tips in spring, and short spikes of mauve flowers in late summer and autumn

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

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by Phytophthora root diseases