Cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See April, May, June
Colour
Habitat Heathland, Wetland

Similar to bell heather but its pink flowers are larger (0.7cm) and bloom in a tight one-sided cluster.

Its leaves are grey and grow in distinct whorls of four up the stem. E. tetralix can be distinguished from the related species Erica cinerea by the fact that the linear leaves are usually glandular and in whorls of four, while those of Erica cinerea are glabrous and borne in whorls of three.

Distribution

Throughout the UK.

Habitat

Wet heaths, moors, bogs, acid soils.

Best time to see

Flowers April-June.

Did you know?

Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use. A white-flowered variety E. tetralix f. alba 'Alba Mollis' have gained theRoyal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.