Heather 'Blazeaway' Calluna vulgaris 'Blazeaway'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
heather 'Blazeaway'


'Blazeaway' is a cultivar with yellow foliage in spring that darkens to green as the season progresses, turning orange and red in autumn and winter. Lavender, urn-shaped flowers are borne from summer to autumn

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Scots Heather, Ling, Scottish Heather

    • Common names

      Calluna vulgaris 'Blazeaway'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: The Calluna vulgaris 'Blazeaway', commonly known as Heather, has vibrant orange-red foliage that provides a striking visual interest in gardens.
    • Wildlife Attraction: It offers nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Low Maintenance: Heather is known for being hardy and requiring minimal care once established, making it suitable for low-maintenance landscaping.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, Heather has good drought tolerance, which is beneficial for xeriscaping and in areas with water restrictions.
    • Erosion Control: Its dense growth habit can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes and in exposed areas.
    • Year-Round Interest: Heather plants generally offer year-round interest with evergreen foliage and long-lasting blooms that can survive frosts.
    • Adaptability: This plant can adapt to a wide range of soil types, although it prefers acidic conditions.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Heather can be used in various landscape designs, including rock gardens, borders, ground covers, and as container plants.
    • Winter Hardiness: Heather is capable of withstanding cold temperatures, making it suitable for gardens in cooler climates.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Wildlife Habitat: Heather provides shelter and nesting opportunities for various insects and small animals, including bees and butterflies, which are attracted to its flowers.
    • Decoration: Dried heather is often used in floral arrangements, wreaths, and potpourris due to its long-lasting qualities and vibrant color.
    • Fragrance: The plant can be used to add a subtle, earthy aroma to perfumes, candles, and sachets.
    • Fabric Dye: Heather has been historically used to create natural dyes for wool and other fabrics, yielding shades of yellow, green, and brown.
    • Thatching Material: Traditionally, the woody stems of heather were used as a durable thatching material for roofs in rural areas.
    • Good Luck Charm: In some cultures, carrying a sprig of heather is believed to bring good luck and protect against harm.
    • Beverage Flavoring: Heather flowers can be used to add a distinct flavor to homemade wines, beers, and teas.
    • Folklore and Myth: In Scottish and Celtic folklore, heather is often associated with enchantment and is used in ritualistic practices.
    • Garden Bedding: Heather mulch can help to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and add a decorative texture to garden beds.
    • Craft Material: The naturally strong stems of heather can be woven to create baskets, ornaments, and other handicrafts.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Heather is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Heather is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection: Calluna vulgaris, commonly known as Heather, has traditionally been associated with protective qualities. In folklore, it was often carried or used in bedding to safeguard against harm and malevolent spirits.
    • Good Luck: Heather is also believed to bring good fortune. In some cultures, it was thought that bringing heather into the home would attract positive energy and luck.
    • Admiration: The plant has been a symbol of admiration due to its hardiness and ability to thrive in challenging environments, representing the admirer's recognition of the recipient's resilience.
    • Solitude: With its preference for growing in barren and open areas, Heather sometimes symbolizes solitude or living in isolation.
    • New Beginnings: As Heather blooms in late summer, it can signal the start of something new or the renewal of life, aligning with the cycles of nature and the seasons.

Every 2-3 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Scotch heather prefers a consistent moisture level and does not tolerate drought well. It should be watered deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which may mean watering once or twice a week depending on climate conditions. In hot, dry weather, Scotch heather plants may require more frequent watering. Each watering session should provide enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of at least 8 inches; for a medium-sized plant, this could be approximately a gallon of water. Ensure that the plant has well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging.

  • sunLight

    Scotch heather thrives best in full sunlight to partial shade. A spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight is ideal to promote flowering and maintain vibrant foliage color. In regions with very hot summers, providing some afternoon shade can be beneficial to prevent scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Scotch heather is hardy and can withstand a range of temperatures. It can survive minimum winter temperatures down to 20°F and is tolerant of maximum summer temperatures up to 80°F. The ideal temperature range for optimal growth is between 60°F and 70°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Scotch heather should be pruned annually to maintain its compact shape and stimulate new growth. Prune the plants right after they finish blooming, which usually means trimming them in late spring or early summer. Cut back the flowering stems by up to one-third, avoiding cutting into old wood that doesn't have any green leaves, as this can inhibit new growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Heather, the common name for Calluna vulgaris 'Blazeaway', prefers well-drained, acidic soil with a pH of about 4.5 to 6.0. A mixture of peat moss, sand, and loamy soil creates an ideal environment for heathers. Regularly check pH and adjust with sulfur or acidic organic matter to maintain acidity.

  • plantRepotting

    Heathers generally don't need frequent repotting; do so every 2 to 3 years or when they outgrow their current container. Ensure that the new pot provides ample drainage and use an acid-rich soil mixture tailored for heather plants.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Heathers like Calluna vulgaris 'Blazeaway' prefer moderate humidity levels, avoiding excessively dry or humid conditions. They thrive well in the natural outdoor humidity in their growing zones, without the need for additional humidity control.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, cool temperatures, and acidic soil for heathers.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in acidic soil, full sun to partial shade, and protect from harsh wind.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-6 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Heather 'Blazeaway', a cultivar of Calluna vulgaris, starts its life cycle as a seed, which after germination, typically in early spring, begins to sprout into a young seedling. The seedling then develops into a juvenile plant, forming a small bush with needle-like foliage. As it matures, this evergreen shrub enters a vegetative stage, characterized by extensive growth of the stems and leaves, eventually reaching full size and producing the characteristic orange foliage. During late summer to autumn, it enters the reproductive stage, blooming small, purplish-pink flowers that attract a variety of pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into seed capsules, releasing seeds to begin a new cycle. In the absence of disturbance, Heather 'Blazeaway' can live for several years, with some plants persisting for decades while continuing to go through annual growth and reproductive cycles.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late Spring-Early Summer

    • Heather, specifically the Calluna vulgaris 'Blazeaway', is commonly propagated using the semi-hardwood cutting method. The ideal time for this is during the late summer months. To propagate Heather through cuttings, a gardener would select a healthy, non-flowering shoot and cut a section about 2-4 inches (approximately 5-10 cm) long. The lower leaves are then stripped, and the base of the cutting is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. This cutting is then placed in a well-draining soil mix, ensuring high humidity and adequate indirect light. Periodic misting may be required to maintain moisture without overwatering. Roots typically develop within a few weeks, after which the new plant can be gradually acclimatized to less controlled conditions before planting out.