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Cassiope tetragona - (L.)D.Don.
Common Name White Arctic Mountain Heather
Family Ericaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dryish stony or sandy heaths or tundra, usually in mountainous areas[50].
Range N. Europe, Northern N. America, N. Asia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade


Cassiope tetragona White Arctic Mountain Heather

Cassiope tetragona White Arctic Mountain Heather
Physical Characteristics
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Cassiope tetragona is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil.

Andromeda tetragona.

 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Fuel;  Insulation;  Tinder.

The plant, combined with mosses and lichens, has been used as an insulation material in houses[257] The plant makes a good tinder[257]. Used for fuel[61, 257]. Considering the size of the plant (up to 30cm), this use must be born out of desperation in areas with very few woody plants[K].
Cultivation details
Requires a lime-free well-drained but moistish soil and protection from bright sunlight[1, 11, 188]. Another report says that the plant tolerates some lime[200] whilst yet another report says that it is calcicole (requires a lime-rich soil)[50]. Plants seldom live long in the drier and warmer areas of the country, growing better in the west and north[182]. They prefer a colder winter than is normally experienced in S, Britain, with a covering of snow for protection and are hardy to at least -15°c[11, 200].
Seed - we have no details for this species but we would suggest surface-sowing sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe or in late winter in a well-drained ericaceous compost in a cold frame. Do not allow the compost to dry out. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Layering in August[78]. Alternatively, dig up the plant in early spring and replant it 10 - 20cm deeper in the soil. The buried branches will form roots and these can be divided and replanted in the autumn of the following year[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe shoots, 2 -3cm with a heel, in a shady frame in August. Do not remove the leaves or allow the cuttings to dry out. Fair percentage[78].
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Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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