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Erica tetralix, also known as Cross-leaved Heath, is a perennial subshrub that can be found in the wild in several locations throughout the UK and Europe. It can typically be identified by its four-lobed leaves, which are a deep green colour and have a purple tinge to them. The flowers of the Cross-leaved Heath are small and pink, and bloom from April to July.

This beautiful plant can be seen at its best during the spring and summer months, when it thrives in open, sunny areas such as meadows, heaths, and hillsides. Due to its popularity with bees and other pollinators, the Cross-leaved Heath is often used as a source of nectar for honey production.

If you're looking to see this lovely plant in the wild, your best bet is to visit a meadow, heath, or hillside during the spring or summer months.

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Geeky Facts about the Cross-leaved Heath

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It has distinctive pink, bell-shaped flowers that attract all kinds of nectar-loving insects.

Fact 2

To survive in the often exposed places where it grows, its leaves are rolled inwards to trap air and prevent moisture loss.

Fact 3

In the Hebrides, cross-leaved heather was used as a natural dye in the production of textiles.

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