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Heather 'Firefly'

The Heather 'Firefly' (Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly')

is a small wide fully hardy perennial evergreen shrub with dark pink flowers in early Autumn and late Summer. It grows well in direct sun, and prefers medium levels of water. It looks best in Autumn and Summer.


Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly' grows in soils ranging from a pH of 4 (extremely acidic ranges from 0 to 5.1) to 6.5 (slightly acidic ranges from 6.1 to 6.5). It is adapted to clay, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, peat, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers high fertility.


This is a shrub has a mat forming growth form, and has an ultimate height of 0.4m / 1.3ft and spread of 0.6m / 2ft. It can take 6-10 years to reach its ultimate height.


It has green leaves, but the new growth is red.


Attractive foliage, bank and slope, city courtyard garden, coastal/seaside suitable, container plant, cottage informal garden, flowering shrub, garden edging, mixed shrub border and rock garden.


Salt/sea spray (high), deer (high), rabbits (high), pots/containers (high) and wind (high).

-32°C / -25.6F 4 to 6.5 6-10 years 0.4m / 1.3ft 0.6m / 2ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Calluna
Specific epithet ? vulgaris
Cultivar ?Firefly
Common names
Heather 'Firefly' (Ireland)
IPNI details on Calluna vulgaris 'Firefly'
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