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Bell Heather, Erica cinerea Family: Ericaceae
Erica cinerea     *     Bell Heather

Flowering time: June-September. Evergreen.

Habitat: Can be abundant on acidic heaths and moorland in SW and W England, Wales and Ireland and in Scotland.

Short spikes of bright reddish-purple flowers with narrow, hairless sepals. The dark green, stalked leaves grow in whorls of 3 with the leaf margins rolled back, hiding lower surface and further tufts of leaves in axils.

Foodplant for caterpillars of the Beautiful Yellow Underwing moth


Bell Heather, Erica cinerea


Bell Heather, Erica cinerea
Bell Heather, Erica cinerea
Studland, Dorset. September 2012

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