How to care for white heather plants

Updated April 17, 2017

White heather, scientifically referred to as Calluna vulgaris, grows in thick mats that can reach from 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) tall. In the summer, the plant blossoms with small, white flowers. The plant is evergreen and in the winter will turn a bronze, yellow, reddish or greyish tinge depending on the cultivar. White heather is hardy in the coldest areas of the UK.

Plant the white heather seedling in an area with full sun and moist, perfectly well-drained, acidic soil. This plant prefers low fertility in its soil, so do not amend with fertiliser before planting. Plant the seedling at the same depth it resided in its pot.

Water the white heather deeply. Keep it evenly moist until it takes root and starts growing on its own. After that point allow it to dry slightly before watering again, but don't let it dry out.

Prune the white heather annually in early spring with pruning shears. The plant can get unruly and unattractive when left to its own devices. Each year, cut flowering branches down to the base. If you have an older bush that hasn't been pruned in awhile, cut it down to the base.


Avoid planting the white heather in dry areas or areas subject to a lot of wind. You do not need to fertilise this plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Pruning shears
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