Bell Heather is found in a variety of harsh habitats including heathland, acidic soils, open woodland and even coastal areas. It particularly likes dry, well-drained soils. The dark purple-pink, bell-shaped flowers appear between July and September, carpeting heathlands and bringing them to life with the buzzing of nectar-loving bees and insects.
Bell Heather is distinctive with its dark purple-pink, bell-shaped flowers forming clusters up the stem, and short, dark green needle-like leaves borne in whorls of three.
Height: up to 50cm
Found throughout the UK and Ireland with the exception of the East Midlands.
When to see
January – December
Bell Heather is an important nectar source for all kinds of insects including Honey bees, Buff-tailed and Red-tailed Bumblebees, Ruby Tiger Moths and rare Silver-studded Blue Butterflies. The honey that results from bees that feed on heather is dark and fragrant and very popular.