Calluna vulgaris ‘Spring Torch’
© T&L Nursery
© T&L Nursery
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.
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.