Phyllodoce empetriformis (Sm.) D. Don
Pink Mountain Heath, Pink Mountain Heather
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , ID , MT , OR , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , 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.
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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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Phyllodoce empetriformis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phyllodoce empetriformis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phyllodoce empetriformis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-10-17
Research By: TWC Staff