Heather is here defined as all Calluna vulgaris cultivars, except those that are double-flowered.
Bushy evergreen perennial shrub < 50 cm tall. Stems are woody and pliable. Leaves are small, stalkless and arranged in four vertical rows. Flowers are small, purple/pink, bell-shaped and produced in spring.
To help protect our environment:
Grassland, tussock, shrublands.
Seeds dispersed by wind and animals. Vegetative spread from layering. Human-mediated dispersal through contamination of footwear and machinery.
Forms dense thickets and outcompetes native vegetation. Alters resource availability and habitat structure, reducing native invertebrate diversity. Reduces cover of preferred food plants and lowers pasture productivity.
Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.