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Irish Heath

Erica erigena

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Ericales
Family:
Ericaceae (Heath)
Type:
Evergreen shrub
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Habitats:
Bogs, cliffs, heathland, moorland, waterside, wetland.

Flower:
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Pink, 4 petals
 
Deep pinkish-purple flowers with reddish-brown anthers. The flowers are borne in leafy, one-sided spikes. Flowers each measure about 6mm in length. The flowers sometimes appear in few numbers in winter.
Fruit:
The fruit is a seed-bearing capsule.
Leaves:
A compact shrub with needle-like leaves. The leaves appear in whorls of 4.
Aroma:
The flowers are honey-scented.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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