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Heather (Calluna vulgaris)

Heather is a bushy shrub that dominates much of Scotland’s mountain & moorland. In August & September it produces abundant, small pinkish-purple flowers loved by honeybees and wild bees like bumblebees. Heather has many traditional uses including medicine, dying, thatching, bedding and flavouring beer. Up to 60cm tall.

Sowing:  Heather seeds need cold to germinate. Sow onto a tray of damp compost in autumn, leaving outside or in an unheated greenhouse over winter or sow in compost in a tray in spring, put the tray in a plastic bag in the fridge for 6-8 weeks then transfer to a warm place. Transplant seedlings into an open site with acidic or lightly acidic soil.  Keep young plants watered & weeded.

  • Up to 60 cm
  • 1000+ seeds per packet

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Heather (Calluna vulgaris) flowers

Heather (Calluna vulgaris) flowers

Heather (Calluna vulgaris) flowers

Heather (Calluna vulgaris) flowers

Heather moorland

Heather moorland

Heather (Calluna vulgaris) brush harvesting

Heather (Calluna vulgaris) brush harvesting


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