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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Phyllodoce empetriformis (Sm.) D. Don
Pink mountain heath, Pink mountain heather
USDA Symbol: PHEM
A low, heather-like shrub from 4-16 in. tall, pink mountainheath forms wide mats. The dense, evergreen foliage is dark-green and needle-like. Bell-shaped, pinkish-lavender, pendent flowers occur in clusters at the tips of the branches.
Brewers Mountain Heather (P. breweri), from the California mountains, has pink flowers and stamens longer than the corolla. Cream Mountain Heather (P. glanduliflora), growing in the mountains from Oregon and Wyoming northward, has glandular hairs on a yellowish or greenish-white corolla.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution: AK,
s. in the high mts. to CA
& CO Native Habitat:
Moist slopes above 5000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, sandy or rocky soil with peat.
Conditions Comments: Another Phyllodoce species with a similar range, P. glanduliflora, has yellow flowers. Where the two species coexist an attractive natural hybrid, P. x intermedia, often results.
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Alternatives to non-native heather (Calluna vulgaris)
April 27, 2007
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...
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Research By: TWC Staff