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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
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Calluna erica Erica vulgaris
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
C. vulgaris has narrow, linear, small, evergreen leaves. Spikes of urn-shaped pink or pale purple flowers which are either single or double are borne from mid-summer to autumn. Plants reach around 60cm in height. Many cultivars have been both selected and bred
N N Am., N Eurasia
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or East-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Loam
Time to ultimate height
Grow in well-drained acidic soil in full sun
Propagate by seed in spring, or propagate by softwood cuttings, division or layering in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Wildlife Gardens Rock Garden Coastal
Pruning Pruning group 10. Shear off old flowering stems after flowering
Pests Generally pest free
May be subject to fungal diseases and root diseases, especially in warmer locations
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