Cassiope mertensiana

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Cassiope mertensiana (Bong.) G.Don

Ericaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   5

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: oblanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: nodding

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Cassiope mertensiana is a shrub.

Naming

Cassiope mertensiana was already described and the name validly published by August Gustav Heinrich von Bongard. It was George Don, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1834.

Taxonomy

Cassiope mertensiana is a species in the genus Cassiope which contains approximately 19 to 22 species and belongs to the family of the Ericaceae (Heath Family). The type species of the genus is Cassiope tetragona.

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 10 to 15 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Cassiope mertensiana is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are opposite. They are oblanceolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Cassiope mertensiana produces solitary nodding, white campanulate flowers in April.

The shrubs produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Cassiope mertensiana is native to Alaska, western Canada, the Northwest of the US, California and Nevada.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Uses

Suited for rockeries.

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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