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Plants We Love: Alicia Heather

This small shrub provides fall and winter interest with its persistent buds.
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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

Origin: Europe

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.