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.

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