Scientific name: Calluna vulgaris
Nature Stars: 60
About: This abundant plant is a lover on heathland, moors, bogs and even woodland with acidic or peat soils. It was once used to make brooms which is how it got its latin name - Calluna means to beautify or sweep.
How to identify: The stems of heather are woody and coarse, sometimes clumped together and close to the ground in exposed areas. The delicate pink flowers are popularly dried to make decorative displays.
Where: Common in the UK and Ireland with slightly less growing in the east of England.
Fantastic fact: Heather is also known as Ling, which is also the name of a small rockpool fish. Very confusing!
Photograph credit: ukwildflowers.com