Heather - Calluna vulgaris

Alternative names

Short to medium carpeting plant to 80 cm. Leaves opposite, scale like and congested. Flowers pale purple to pinkish lilac, 3 to 4 mm in slender racemes.

Identification difficulty

Moors, open woodland, bogs and banks on acid soils.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History

Perennial subshrub.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common though sometimes local in Britain.

VC55 Status

Very local in Leicestershire and Rutland with most Leicestershire records coming from the Charnwood Forest area. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 37 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map