Information about Calluna vulgaris

Calluna vulgaris, also known as heather or ling, is a low-growing evergreen shrub native to Europe and western Asia. It is a member of the Ericaceae family, which includes other well-known plants like blueberries, cranberries, and rhododendrons.

Heather typically grows to be around 20-50 cm (8-20 inches) tall and has needle-like, gray-green leaves that are arranged in opposite pairs along the stems. In late summer and early fall, heather produces small pink or purple flowers that are arranged in clusters at the tips of the stems.

Heather is known for its hardiness and ability to grow in poor soil conditions. It is often used as a decorative plant in gardens and landscaping, and is also used in traditional medicine and herbal remedies. The flowers are sometimes used in teas or as a natural dye.

In some cultures, heather is also considered to be a symbol of good luck or protection. For example, in Scotland, it is traditional to give a gift of heather to someone who has recently moved into a new home, as it is believed to bring good fortune and ward off evil spirits.