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Taxon: Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull

Genus: Calluna
Family: Ericaceae subfamily: Ericoideae tribe: Ericeae
Nomen number: 8605
Place of publication: Brit. fl. ed. 2, 1:114. 1808
Name verified on: 15-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 15-May-1995
No species priority site assigned.


See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • heather   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • ling   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • red-heath   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English
  • Scotch heather   (Source: Castanea 61:111. [but this adjective is best avoided, may cause offence in Scotland]) – English
  • Scots heather   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • biercol   (Source: F Int Apico ) – Spanish
  • ljung   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores, Madeira Islands
    Northern Africa: Morocco
    Western Asia: Turkey
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Altay, Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Latvia; Lithuania; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France; Portugal; Spain

    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    United States [w. (incl. Alaska)]

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP: North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Calluna vulgaris cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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