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Cassiope lycopodioides

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A prostrate evergreen shrub to 8cm in height, with tiny, scale-like leaves, closely appressed to the stems. Flowers 6mm, solitary, white, bell-shaped open in late spring

Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ericaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Cassiope are small, heath-like evergreen shrubs with tiny, dark green leaves in four ranks, and solitary, nodding, bell or urn-shaped white flowers from the upper leaf axils in late spring and early summer

Name status

Correct

Plant range
NE Asia, Alaska

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a sheltered site in acid, humus-rich soil in partial shade or full sun. Suitable for rock garden, peat bank or open woodland

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Rock garden
  • Ground cover
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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