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Spring Torch Heather

3 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 34958
$12.95
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Calluna vulgaris 'Spring Torch'

Red and Orange new growth, Pale Lavender blooms, and Chartreuse mature foliage.
One look at 'Spring Torch' and you can see that Heather has come a long way from its humble beginnings. This gorgeous new variety puts out beautiful color practically all season long, starting with spring foliage that buds out a fiery red-orange color and matures to a primrose yellow, followed by a mid- to late-summer show of lavender-colored flowerspikes and finally finishing up with deep red foliage in the fall. We highly recommend this tireless little entertainer along driveways, paths, or any place where you want a colorful row of hedges.

'Spring Torch' is an alluring garden presence, irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds and, once established, indifferent to dry spells. The flowers are fabulous for fresh or dried arrangements, and the foliage is so striking -- like a torch melting away the dreary cold of winter!

Expect 'Spring Torch' to reach just 18 inches high and wide in the garden or container. Do not miss the color show from this incredible presence! Zones 5 to 8.

Genus Calluna
Species vulgaris
Variety 'Spring Torch'
ItemForm 3 1/2-inch Pot
Zone 5 - 8
BloomStartToEnd Mid Summer - Late Summer
Habit Compact
PlantHeight 18 in - 24 in
PlantWidth 12 in - 18 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Flower, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers
BloomColor Purple
FoliageColor Burgundy, Chartreuse, Mix, Orange, Red, Rose, Yellow
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Drought Tolerant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Specimen
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
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  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.

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