From:Vernon, BC Region: Canada Topic: Non-Natives Title: Alternatives to non-native heather (Calluna vulgaris) Answered by: Nan Hampton
I live in Vernon, BC, Canada. I plan to put a heather plant in my garden, but my space is limited. I know that it will grow approx. 2 ft. high and that it likes well drained and acidic soil, but how much will it spread, and how long will it bloom? Will it become intrusive to other plants?
Our focus and expertise at the Wildflower Center is with plants native to North America. Calluna vulgaris, Scotch heather is an introduced species native to Europe and Asia. It is classified as invasive in North Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as in some parts of New Zealand and Australia. You will need to be diligent about keeping it under control.
Perhaps, instead of heather, you could consider a native plant with similar growth habit, such as:
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