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Cross-leaved Heath

Erica tetralix

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Light pink bell-shaped flowers clustering at the end of the stems.
Fruit:
A hairy capsule.
Leaves:
Needle-like leaves appearing in whorls of 4 up the stems. These whorls of 4 are cross-shaped and give the plant its name. The leaves are stalkless, toothless, greyish-green and parallel to the stems.
Maximum Size:
70cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Not edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers fragrant.
Other Names:
Bog Heather, Pink Star Cross-leaved Heath, Pink Star Cross-leaved Heather.
Habitats:
Bogs, heathland, moorland.