~ ARCTIC BELL HEATHER in ALASKA ~


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General Plant Information



  Common Name:
  Scientific Name:
  Arctic Bell Heather
  Cassiope tetragona
  Family:
  Genus:
  Ericaceae
  Cassiope
  Habitat:
  Sun Exposure:
  Mountainous Areas
  Direct Sun
  Overall Height:
  Flower Size:
  4 to 7 inches
  1/4 inch
  Flower Color:



Cassiope tetragona, commonly known as Arctic Bell Heather, can be found in mountainous areas. These small white flowers which look like bells, are roughly 1/4 inch at the end of a slender stem. The Arctic Bell Heather grows in patches that remain fairly low on the ground.

The leaves have a high resin content, making the plant a good medium to start a fire. The flowers start to blossom in June.









Red leaves due to fungus infection




Cassiope tetragona can be infected with the fungus Exobasidium. The parasitic fungus triggers the plant to produce the red swollen leaves, as seen in this series of pictures.


Cassiope tetragona infected





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