Plant name: ‘Alicia’ Heather
Botanical name: Calluna vulgaris ‘Alicia’
Virtues: Small, tidy shape and evergreen nature makes common heather a good choice for the front of the border or foundation. Curious, persistent flower buds add great interest in fall and winter.
Flower: White buds develop in late summer, densely lining the branches. ‘Alicia’ is a “bud bloomer”—its buds never fully open but remain on branches into early winter, providing unusual fall interest.
Foliage: Small, bright green.
Habit: A low-growing compact evergreen shrub, with thick upright branching
Season: Late summer through early winter
Cultivation: Full sun. Excellent drainage is a must. Acidic soil. Do not feed. Prune by cutting branches below the flowers in fall or in early spring in colder zones. USDA Zones 3–7.