cassiope-edinburghThis dwarf alpine shrub is evergreen and native to North America. It has flexible branches that form an attractive clump covered with tiny dark green lance-shaped, overlapping leaves. The white pendent flowers are bell-shaped and have red-brown calyces. They are produced in the leaf axils of the stem tips in spring. The roots need cool moist soil, which can be provided by mulching. Excellent plant for an open woodland or shady area of a rock garden.

Type: Evergreen flowering shrub

Outstanding Feature: White pendent flowers

Form: Clump

Growth Rate: Moderate

Bloom: Nodding white, bell-shaped, in spring

Size: 12” H x 12” W

Light: Partial shade; morning sun with afternoon shade

Soil: Humus rich, moist, well-drained, acid

Hardiness: Zones 2-6

Care: Mulch to maintain moisture and keep soil cool.

Pests and Diseases: Vine weevil

Propagation: Seed, semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

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By Karen