Calluna vulgaris 'Siska'

Calluna vulgaris ‘Siska’

This is sometimes referred to as a bud-blooming heather. That is because it has brilliantly-colored flower buds that do not fully open and are very long-lasting into late fall or early winter. Siska has pink-red buds that open out more towards purple. The leaves are densely packed and bright green.

Pronunciation: kal-LOO-nuh vul-GAIR-iss

Species Meaning: Common

Cultivation Notes

While they enjoy some water, they do not like overly soggy conditions. Free-draining acid soil is best. Full sun to part shade. A spring prune will help to keep it compact.

Additional Information

Calluna vulgaris is a small, variably-sized, evergreen shrub that is native primarily to moors, dunes, bogs, heaths and hillsides from northern and western Europe to Siberia, Turkey and Morocco. It has naturalized in parts of North America. It has tiny, four-ranked, scale-like leaves in overlapping pairs that appear on slender stems rising on average to 24” tall. Leaves are typically gray to green in spring and summer but acquire bronze to purple tones in fall and winter. Flowers in terminal, one-sided, spike-like racemes appear in mid to late summer.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P21214

Found in Winter Garden,

About half way through the Winter Garden, close to the wall.

We acquired this plant from Seven Ds - grown by Skagit Gardens.

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Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Calluna

Species: vulgaris

Variety: Siska

Commonly known as: Scotch Heather

Height: <3ft

Spread: <3ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!
Benefits and Attracts:

Resistant to Deer and Rabbit.

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