Heather Calluna vulgaris

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Habitat Heathland

Also known as 'ling' this is the classic heathland plant.

If you see a hillside flushed with purple, the chances are its from heather in flower.

Distribution

Widespread throughout the UK.

Habitat

Moors and heathland.

Best time to see

When in flower August-September.

Did you know...

In days gone by, heather was often used to stuff bedding. In fact, the species was introduced to North America thanks to the heather beds that Scottish Highland settlers brought with them.

County flower of Staffordshire.