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Wild heather

Calluna vulgaris


Calluna vulgaris, the sole species in the genus Calluna in the family Ericaceae, is a low-growing perennial shrub growing to 20 to 50 centimetres tall and found in Europe and Asia Minor on acidic soils. Its mauve flowers emerge in late summer.


Found here in the Alps above the tree line (alt. 2000 m ASL), sharing its habitat with rhododendrons and blueberry shrubs (the blueberry shrubs are turning red at this time of year).


Heather is an important food source for some wild and dmoesric mammals which can graze the tips of the plants when snow covers low-growing vegetation.

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DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Pretty series!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks arlanda!

arlanda 11 years ago

I love this plant. Beautiful!

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Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Sep 15, 2012
Submitted on Oct 14, 2012

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