Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix

Cross-leaved Heath is a type of heather that gets its name from the distinctive whorls of four leaves that occur along its stems. An evergreen shrub, it prefers acid bogs and wet heath or moorland. It flowers between July and September and attracts many nectar-loving insects including bees and moths.

Behaviour

Cross-leaved Heath has pink, bell-shaped flowers clustered at the end of long, branched stems. Grey-green leaves are narrow and in whorls of four.

Size

Height: up to 30cm

Status

Common.

Distribution

Widespread: found throughout the UK, but most abundant in the north and west.

When to see

January – December

Facts

Cross-leaved Heath, along with other heathers like Ling and Bell Heather, are ideal for wildlife gardens. Plant an ericaceous border (acid-loving plants) and enjoy watching the bees buzz from flower to flower on a lazy sunny afternoon.

Common name

Cross-leaved Heath

Species name

Erica tetralix

When to see in Scotland

January – December

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