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Heather, Ling, Calluna vulgaris Family: Ericaceae
Calluna vulgaris     *     Heather / Ling

Flowering time: July-September. Evergreen shrub.

Habitat: Can be abundant on the dryer areas of acidic heaths, moorland and bogs.

A bushy, erect, many stemmed shrub with dense spikes of pinkish-purple flowers with sepal-like bracts at the flower bases. Corolla-like calyx of 4 pinkish sepals, the corolla having 4 triangular lobes. The crowded, oblong leaves are stalkless and overlapping, opposite and erect. Height 20-100cm

Foodplant for caterpillars including those of Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Horse Chestnut and Aristotelia ericinella


Heather, Ling, Calluna vulgaris
Heather / Ling, Calluna vulgaris
Studland, Dorset. September 2012

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