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Dorset heath

(Erica ciliaris)

Dorset heath. © Andrew Gagg / Plantlife

Dorset heath. © Andrew Gagg / Plantlife



A defining species of Dorset's special heaths and bogs.

Dorset heath's long, balloon-shaped blooms are often pink to purple in colour and brighten up the damp habitats in which it grows. It can be found in only a few places in the UK although is not uncommon where it grows.

Dorset heath suffers from hybridisation with the more common cross-leaved heath which may, eventually, cause its decline.

County flower of Dorset.


Restricted to south-east Dorset (especially the Isle of Purbeck), west Cornwall and sites in Devon and Hampshire.


Bogs and wet Heaths.

Best time to see

July to September when it flowers.

Did you know...

It is the only plant with ‘Dorset' in its name!