Red Mountain Heather have pink flowers in the shape of a bell

Red Mountain Heather have pink flowers in the shape of a bell
  • Other Common Name: pink mountain-heather, red mountain-heath
  • Binomial Name: Phyllodoce empetriformis
  • Soil Type: Well-drained
  • Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
  • Foliage: Evergreen, needle-like leaves
  • Flower: Pink, bell shaped

With sprightly pink flowers in the shape of a bell, red mountain heather adorns high meadows and subalpine slopes from northern California to British Columbia. Low growing and mat forming in nature, this native member of the heath family is a popular choice for more ornamental settings.

To see red mountain heather growing in the wild, hike the Timberline and Paradise Park trails on Mount Hood or blaze your own trail through the high meadows on the north side of Mount Adams.

This Native Plant of the Month is brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department. Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder webpage for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!