How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Heath—Erica spp.
Heather—Calluna vulgaris
Family Ericaceae (Heath family)

Plant identification

Heath and heather are small evergreen shrubs or groundcover with urn- or bell-shaped flowers.

Optimum conditions for growth

Heath and heather can grow in various climatic zones depending on species. Plant in full sun to part shade. Regular irrigation is very important. Heaths require excellent drainage, and most prefer acid soils. Shear back after bloom to maintain a compact habit.

Heath shrub
Heath shrub

Pests and disorders of Erica and Calluna vulgaris



Environmental disorders





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