Heather


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Picture of Heather Heather
Common Name: Heather
Botanical Name: Erica spp. and Calluna spp. (AIR-I-ka and ka-LOON-a)
Decorative Life: 7-14 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
  • Leaves and flowers dry out easily and/or often drop prematurely.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest when the first flowers are open.
Family Roots:
  • Members of the Ericaceae (heather, heath family).
  • Greater than 90% are from South Africa (Cape Province).
  • Common relatives include rhododendron, azalea and blueberry.
Personality:
  • Tiny bell-shaped flowers occur in dense clusters at stem ends.
  • Stems 8-12 inches long with needle-like leaves.
  • Plant is a woody shrub, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Fall, winter and spring.
Flower Color: Pink, purple, red, white.
Storage Specifics: 34-38 F, up to 5 days in water, longer when held dry. In one test they were held at 35F for over two weeks and still had 10-15 days of vaselife.
Tidbits:
  • Calluna is Greek; to sweep as the branches are sometimes used as brooms. Erica is Greek from "ereike" (heather) and "ereiko" (to break), an infusion from the leaves was reputed to break bladder stones.
  • These two genera are often confused. The main way to tell them apart is that with Erica, the calyx (outer part of flowers consisting of the sepals) is shorter than the corolla (inner circle of flower consisting of the petals) whereas with Calluna, the calyx is longer than the corolla.
  • Suitable for drying.
Picture of Heather Heather
Common Name: Heather, Sunset Heather
Botanical Name: Erica quadrangularis (E. persoluta) (AIR-i-ka kwa-DRAN-gu-lah-ris)
Decorative Life: 7-14 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
  • Leaves and flowers dry out easily.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Ericaceae (heather, heath family).
  • Native to South Africa (Cape Province).
  • Related species include rhododendron, azalea, blueberry.
Personality:
  • Tiny bell-shaped flowers occur in dense clusters at stem ends.
  • Stems are 8-12 inches long with needle-like leaves.
  • Plant is a woody shrub, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Winter and spring.
Flower Color: Pink, purple, red, white.
Storage Specifics: 36-41F, up to 5 days in water.
Tidbits:
  • The Erica 'Sunset' heather cultivar was discovered in 1978 "as a seedling of unknown pollen parentage growing in a cultivated field of Erica persoluta, the variety believed to be the seed parent, where it was noticed because of its early blooming and particularly because of its reaching full bloom, from base to tip, more than a month before the parent plant begins to bloom." It was the early blooming of the Erica 'Sunset', during the Christmas and Valentine's Day seasons that distinguished it from other known varieties.
  • The specific epithet name "quadrangularis" means four-angled. Erica is Greek from "ereike" (heather) and "ereiko" (to break), an infusion from the leaves was reputed to break bladder stones.
  • Suitable for drying.
Picture of Heather Heather
Common Name: Heather, Heath
Botanical Name: Erica spp. and Calluna spp. (AIR-i-ka and ka-LOON-a)
Decorative Life: A few to many weeks depending on cultivar and care. For example, C. vulgaris 'Carmen', 'Darkness', 'Silver Knight' and 'Spring Cream' lasted from 2-4 weeks under reasonable interior conditions while 'Cuprea' and 'Marleen' lasted nearly 12 weeks.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Very few insect pests.
  • Leaves and flowers dry out easily and/or often drop prematurely.
Family Roots:
  • Members of the Ericaceae (heather, heath family).
  • Greater than 90% are from South Africa (Cape Province).
  • Common relatives include rhododendron, azalea and blueberry.
Personality:
  • Tiny bell-shaped flowers occur in dense clusters along and at stem ends.
  • Plant is a woody shrub.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Mostly winter and spring.
Flower Color: Pink, purple, red or white.
Storage Specifics: At 34-38 F, many cultivars can be stored for 1-3 weeks or longer.
Tidbits:
  • Calluna is Greek; to sweep as the branches are sometimes used as brooms. Erica is Greek from "ereike" (heather) and "ereiko" (to break), an infusion from the leaves was reputed to break bladder stones.
  • These two species are often confused. The main way to tell them apart is that with Erica, the calyx (outer part of flowers consisting of the sepals) is shorter than the corolla (inner circle of flower consisting of the petals) whereas with Calluna, the calyx is longer than the corolla.
  • Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better. Supplemental lighting is not always advantageous, depending on cultivar.