Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’


  • © T&L Nursery

  • © T&L Nursery

Outstanding Qualities

One of the most colorful heathers you can plant, ‘Firefly’ has foliage that changes through the seasons. In summer the foliage is a bright mix of lime, chartreuse, and primrose yellow highlighted in late summer with spires of bright purple-pink flowers. In early autumn intense orange and terracotta tones slowly work their way down the stems deepening in color until late fall and early winter when the entire plant becomes a shocking, vibrant brick-red.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: 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: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: fall and winter foliage color

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: 'Firefly' 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. It combines well with dwarf conifers and black mondo grass.

Great Color Contrasts: green, red

Great Color Partners: purple, orange, violet, pink

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.