Heather 'Sister Anne' Calluna vulgaris 'Sister Anne'

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


'Sister Anne' is a very compact evergreen shrub, forming low hummocks of hairy grey foliage, with short spikes of light mauve-pink flowers

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Scotch Heather, Ling Heather, Scottish Heather

    • Common names

      Calluna vulgaris.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: 'Sister Anne' adds a beautiful texture to the garden with its small, evergreen leaves and delicate pink flowers.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can tolerate periods of dryness, making it a good choice for water-wise gardens.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers provide nectar for bees and other pollinating insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Low Maintenance: It generally requires minimal pruning and care, making it ideal for low-maintenance landscapes.
    • Year-Round Interest: With evergreen foliage and late-summer to fall blooming, it offers visual interest throughout the year.
    • Versatility: Suitable for a variety of garden uses, including borders, groundcovers, and rock gardens.
    • Soil Adaptation: It can adapt to a wide range of soil types, though it prefers well-drained, acidic soils.
    • Cold Hardy: 'Sister Anne' is capable of surviving in cold climates, making it suitable for gardens in cooler regions.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: Calluna vulgaris, commonly known as heather, has been traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Diuretic: Heather is known for its mild diuretic effects which may help in the elimination of excess water from the body.
    • Antiseptic: The plant has antiseptic properties, making it potentially useful for cleansing wounds and preventing infection.
    • Urinary tract health: Heather has been used to support urinary tract health and may be beneficial for conditions like cystitis.
    • Detoxification: It may aid in detoxifying the body, especially in the kidneys and urinary system.
    • Mild sedative: Heather has been used for its mild sedative effects to promote relaxation and sleep.
    Please note that while these uses are part of traditional and folk medicine, current scientific evidence to support the efficacy and safety for these uses might be limited. Always consult with a healthcare provider before using any medicinal plants for health purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Wildlife Habitat: Heather provides dense cover and shelter for various small mammals and birds, creating a natural habitat for wildlife in gardens and heathlands.
    • Traditionally in Brewing: Heather has been used historically to flavor beer and ales before the widespread use of hops.
    • Biodegradable Bedding Material: The stems and foliage of heather can be used as a natural, biodegradable bedding material for small animals and livestock.
    • Erosion Control: The extensive root system helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes and in areas prone to degradation.
    • Fiber Dyeing: The flowers and stems can be used to create natural dyes for coloring wool and other natural fibers.
    • Bonfire Fuel: The woody parts of the plant can be dried and used for kindling or as part of the fuel for bonfires and outdoor fires.
    • Landscape Painting: Heather's varying colors throughout seasons make it a popular subject for landscape painting and photography.
    • Beekeeping: The plant is a valuable nectar source for bees, and the resulting heather honey is highly prized for its unique flavor.
    • Crafts and Decorations: Dried heather is often used in floral arrangements, wreaths, and rustic crafts.
    • Lucky Charms: In some cultures, dried heather is carried or worn as a lucky charm or symbol of protection.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Heather is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Heather is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection: Calluna vulgaris, commonly known as Heather, has long been associated with protection in folklore, believed to guard against evil and danger when carried or planted around a home.
    • Good Fortune: Heather is often considered a symbol of good luck and was traditionally used in bridal bouquets to bring prosperity to the marriage.
    • New Beginnings: The plant blooms in late summer, representing a time of transition and the start of something new, making it a symbol for new beginnings.
    • Admiration: Gifting Heather suggests admiration and beauty, as the hearty nature of the plant is revered alongside its delicate appearance.
    • Independence: As Heather thrives on the open, barren moorlands, it has come to symbolize solitude and self-reliance.
    • Healing: Heather has been used in traditional medicine, so it also represents healing and protection from illness.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The common Heather should be watered regularly to maintain a consistently moist soil, especially during prolonged dry periods. Good practice is to water this plant with about 1 gallon of water per week, adjusting for rainfall and soil type. Always avoid overwatering, as Heather does not like sitting in waterlogged soil. During hot summer months, you may need to water twice a week, while in cooler, wetter months, reduce the watering frequency.

  • sunLight

    Heather thrives best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers a location that receives at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Too little light can result in poor flowering and a leggy plant, so ensure it gets enough sun for optimal growth and bloom.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Heather is tolerant to a wide range of temperatures but performs best when the temperature is between 50°F and 70°F. It can survive minimum temperatures of around 20°F and can handle up to 80°F without stress. It’s important to protect the plant from extreme heat and very harsh winter conditions to avoid damage.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Heather in late winter or early spring to promote bushy growth and maintain its shape. It's best to prune annually, removing about one-third of the plant's length. This also helps encourage vibrant blooms the following season. Avoid pruning too late as it can cause the plant to produce fewer flowers.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Heather (Calluna vulgaris 'Sister Anne') thrives in well-draining, moisture-retentive soil with high organic matter content. The best soil mix consists of a combination of peat moss, sand, and loam, which provides acidity and proper drainage. Heathers prefer an acidic pH between 4.5 and 5.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Heather should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to replenish the soil and avoid root crowding. Replacing old soil with fresh, acidic mix helps maintain health and vigor.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Heather prefers moderate humidity levels. Aim for 40-60% humidity for optimal growth. Avoid environments that are too dry.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place heather near a sunny window and ensure acidic soil for indoor growth.

    • Outdoor

      Plant heather in acidic soil, full sun, and protect in harsh winters.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-6 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of Calluna vulgaris 'Sister Anne', commonly known as Heather, begins with seed germination, which requires a period of cold stratification to break dormancy. After germination, the seedling stage involves the development of a root system and the first true leaves. As the plant enters the vegetative growth stage, it forms a woody base and numerous branches covered with small, scale-like leaves. The mature Heather plant produces small, bell-shaped flowers typically in late summer or early fall, which are pollinated by insects. Following pollination, the flowers develop into small seed capsules that release seeds, completing the reproduction cycle. Heather plants can also spread vegetatively through layering, where branches come into contact with soil and root, forming new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagation for the Heather (Calluna vulgaris 'Sister Anne') is through semi-hardwood cuttings. This is typically done in late summer, after the blooms have faded and the new growth has started to mature and become slightly woody. To propagate, one must take a cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) in length, strip off the lower leaves, and dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder to encourage root development. The cutting should then be stuck into a well-draining, sandy potting mix and kept moist. It's important to provide a humidity dome or plastic wrap over the cutting to maintain humidity levels while it roots, which usually takes several weeks. Once roots have formed, the new Heather plants can be gradually acclimated to less humid conditions before planting out in the garden.