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Calluna vulgaris


One species only of this genus of Ericaceae is known. This is Calluna vulgaris, the Ling of our commons and hillsides. It thrives in peaty soil and will also grow in that of a very sandy or stony character.

There are many varieties, some being useful garden plants, suitable for specimen beds or groups in the front of the shrubbery. In size these varieties show a great difference, some being from 2 to 22 feet high, while others very closely resemble some dense, low growing moss.

Some of the most useful varieties are alba, a. pilosa, a. Serlii, white ; Alportii fl. pl., rosea, and rubra, red; aurea and cuprea, golden leaved ; and Foxii, minima, and pygmaea, dwarf growers.