Calluna vulgaris

(Linnaeus) Hull

Brit. Fl. ed. 2, 114. 1808,.

Basionym: Erica vulgaris Linnaeus Sp. Pl. 1: 352. 1753
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 491.

Shrubs 15–60(–100) cm. Leaves widely spaced on leading shoots, closely spaced and imbricate on later shoots; blade oblong-lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 2.5–3.5 × 0.5–0.7 mm, base auriculate-clasping, surfaces glabrous, keeled abaxially, concave adaxially. Pedicels: bracteoles 6–8 (4 distalmost simulating sepals). Flowers: sepals exceeding corolla, pinkish purple to white, petaloid, 3–4 mm; corolla pinkish purple to white, lobes 2(–3) mm; filaments glabrous; anthers 1 mm. Capsules 1–2 mm, hairy. Seeds 0.5–0.7 × 0.2–0.3 mm. 2n = 16.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–summer.
Habitat: Wet acidic sites in bogs and fens, upland sites in old pastures and roadsides
Elevation: 0-1500 m


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Introduced; St. Pierre and Miquelon, B.C., N.B., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.S., Conn., Mass., Mich., N.J., N.C., R.I., Vt., W.Va., Europe, w Asia.


Calluna vulgaris is well known as a constituent of moorlands in northern and western Europe, especially northern England, Ireland, and Scotland. The places where it is naturalized in North America are mostly coastal; inland it often is associated with railroads.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Gordon C. Tucker +
(Linnaeus) Hull +
Erica vulgaris +
St. Pierre and Miquelon +, B.C. +, N.B. +, Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.) +, N.S. +, Conn. +, Mass. +, Mich. +, N.J. +, N.C. +, R.I. +, Vt. +, W.Va. +, Europe +  and w Asia. +
0-1500 m +
Wet acidic sites in bogs and fens, upland sites in old pastures and roadsides +
Flowering late spring–summer. +
Brit. Fl. ed. +
Introduced +  and Illustrated +
Undefined tribe Empetraceae +
Calluna vulgaris +
species +