Erica tetralix - Cross-leaved Heath

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Ericales - Family: Ericaceae

Closeup picture of Cross-leaved Heath

Cross-leaved Heath is found throughout the UK, it but prefers wetter habitats than either Common Heather, Calluna vulgaris, or Bell Heather, Erica cinerea.

Cross-leaved heath, Walws UK

This short heath species blooms from June until October in upland Wales. We took this photograph on the flat moorland top of Llanllwni Mountain, to south-east of the Teifi Valley.

Erica tetralix flowers in close-up

The delicate flowers of cross-leaved heath are paler than those of bell heather, but otherwise the flowers are similar in size and shape; however, whereas bell heather prefers dry soil, cross-leaved heath thrives in damp, peat-bog areas. A distinguishing feature is the leaf arrangement of this plant: the leaves are set in whorls of four.

Erica tetralix in a boggy location  in Wales

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