Cornish heath Erica vagans

The County Flower of Cornwall.

The blooms of this shrub have a distinctive lilac colour which add a unique Cornish ingredient to the beauty of the Lizard moors in late summer. Its reddish-brown seed heads hang on through the winter adding a decorative touch to the landscape.

It is thought to be the most resistant to drought of all the heath species.

Distribution

The Lizard peninsula of Cornwall is the only part of Britain in which this shrub is found, hence its common English name.

Habitat

Heath land, in particular the moors of the the Lizard peninsula. The curious geology of this area creates the kind of alkaline soil that Cornish heath prefers.

Best time to see

Cornish heath typically blooms in August and September, presenting pretty, bell-shaped blooms.