Phyllodoce caerulea

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Phyllodoce caerulea (L.) Bab.

Ericaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: half shade   2

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: pitcher-shaped
Fruit: septicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Ericanae
Ordo:
Ericales

Phyllodoce caerulea, commonly known as Blue Mountain Heath, is a shrub.

Naming

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.

Taxonomy

Phyllodoce caerulea is a species in the genus Phyllodoce which contains approximately 7 to 15 species and belongs to the family of the Ericaceae (Heath Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 5 to 25 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

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.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -45°C (USDA zone 2).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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