Calluna vulgaris ‘Spring Torch’

heather

  • © T&L Nursery

  • © T&L Nursery

Outstanding Qualities

This heather is one of the best for a stunning colorful spring show. The dark green stems erupt with glowing red, orange new growth that fades to a brilliant primrose yellow. Gradually this bright spring color will deepen to a rich dark green in early summer. In late summer pale lavender spires of flowers cover the upright mounding plant.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: colorful spring foliage

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: 'Spring Torch' looks good with spiky, late-summer-blooming perennials, such as red-hot pokers (Kniphofia). It contrasts well with ornamental grasses, such as Molinia, Panicum or Stipa.

Great Color Contrasts: yellow, dark green

Great Color Partners: lavender, purple, orange

Culture Notes
Heather grows best in a full sun location where its foliage color is richest and the flowers most abundant. Plant it in rich well-drained soil with regular summer watering. Older established plants can tolerate occasional summer watering during dry weather. Lightly shear every year in early spring as new growth starts to keep this low shrub compact and at its best.