Cassiope tetragona

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Cassiope tetragona (L.) D.Don

Ericaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   8

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: campanulate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: pendant

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

Cassiope tetragona is a shrub.

Naming

Cassiope tetragona was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was David Don, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1834.

Taxonomy

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

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 15 to 25 centimetres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Cassiope tetragona is evergreen. The green, simple leaves are opposite. They are lanceolate with entire margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Cassiope tetragona produces solitary pendant, white campanulate flowers in May.

The shrubs produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Cassiope tetragona is native to Northern Europe, northeastern European Russia, West-Siberia, East Siberia, the Kamtschatka Peninsula, Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. They prefer soil with a pH between 5 and 7 and need a soil depth of at least 36 centimetres for good growth. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

The recommended planting distance is 90 to 180 centimetres. 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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