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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

30. Ling or Heather
(Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull)

30. Ling or Heather

Large areas of moorland and mountainside where the soil is acid, in the Scottish Highlands and elsewhere, are completely covered by heather. The stems are very tough and wiry, twisting and branching in all directions. On old plants they may be up to three feet in length. Minute triangular leaves cover all the twigs, and in late summer the tiny purple flowers are produced in such numbers that they often dominate the landscape.