Cross-leaved Heath

Latin name: Erica tetralix

Family: Ericaceae (Heather family)

The cross-leaved heath is part of the heather family and creates a distinctive pink patchwork of colours on wet heaths and bogs.

A close relative of the bell heather, cross-leaved heath has been used as a dye in textile production. It’s a dwarf shrub with greyish leaves that appear in whorls of four and it produces pink oval flowers between June and September.

Throughout the British Isles, cross-leaved heaths can be found in suitable heath and bog habitats. In the Yorkshire Dales National Park it can frequently be seen growing alongside Sphagnum mosses on the high ground, particularly in the North and South East of the National Park.

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