Phyllodoce caerulea (L.) Bab.
Phyllodoce caerulea, commonly known as Blue Mountain Heath, is a shrub.
Phyllodoce caerulea was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Charles Cardale Babington, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1843.
The shrubs reach heights of 5 to 25 centimetres.
Wood and Bark
Phyllodoce caerulea is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear, serrulate and petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
Phyllodoce caerulea produces umbels of light-purple pitcher-shaped flowers from June to July.
The shrubs produce septicidal capsules.
Phyllodoce caerulea is native to the British Isles, Northern Europe, France, northeastern European Russia, East Siberia, Sakhalin, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the Northeast of the US.
The shrubs prefer a half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -45Â°C (USDA zone 2).
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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