Cross Leaved Heath (Erica tetralix)

All Dorset heather may look the same at first but after a while you will notice that some of the heather is much paler in colour, a true pink, rather than the deep purple of Bell Heather.

On closer examination you will find that the pale heather only has a few 'bells' around the top of each stem. This is because it is Cross Leaved Heath rather than Bell Heather.

While Bell Heather likes the dry areas, Cross Leaved Heath likes the wetter, almost boggy, acid soils of the heaths.

Flowering in June, a bit earlier than Bell Heather, Cross Leaved Heath is a common flower of the heathland right through until September.

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