Calluna vulgaris
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Calluna vulgaris


  family ericaceae 
  genus calluna 

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Genus  Calluna Species  vulgaris Variety  Cultivar  Common names  heather   r�sling   fraoch Family  ERICACEAE Specimen number  S8658 Data source  DyePl p67;DyePl p64;MedPl p179
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The aerial parts of Calluna vulgaris as well as the flowers and the leaves and the stems have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by Heather including yellow, bronze, blue-green, green, purple and brown. Calluna vulgaris is known as r�sling in Norwegian and fraoch in Gaelic. Heather is used in Norway for dyeing.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  diaphoretic   urinary antiseptic   kidney tonic   gallbladder tonic   detoxifier   antirheumatic Medicinal parts  Flowers Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Calluna vulgaris has herbal applications as a diaphoretic, as a urinary antiseptic, as a kidney tonic and as a gallbladder tonic. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the flowers.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Aerial parts   Flowers   Leaves   Stems Dye color  yellow,bronze,blue-green,green,purple,brown
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Calluna vulgaris most likely originates from Norway and Scotland.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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