Cassiope mertensiana (Bong.) G.Don
Cassiope mertensiana is a shrub.
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.
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.
The shrubs reach heights of 10 to 15 centimetres.
Wood and Bark
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.
Cassiope mertensiana is native to Alaska, western Canada, the Northwest of the US, California and Nevada.
The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
Suited for rockeries.
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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