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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Winter Flowering Heather

While searching for the Bilberry/Cowberry Hybrid on Norland Moor
I came across this winter flowering heather.


This heather is in the Erica family like our local heathers
Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) and Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)


This is a hybrid called Darley Dale Heath (Erica x darleyensis)
It is of garden origin but has naturalised on a few moors around the country
http://www.bsbimaps.org.uk/atlas/map_page.php?spid=7298.0


It has very prominent anthers.

 Another flower adding a splash of colour on the moor top.


My first sight of Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) this year.

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