Bright red-purple flowers in short spikes, occasionally white. Narrow hairless sepals. Dark green stalked leaves, in whorls of 3. Leaf margins rolled back, hiding lower surface. Tufts of leaves in axils. Erect, straggly growth. Height: 45-60cm
Acidic heaths and moorland. Abundant except in central Ireland.
Related: Irish Heath, E. erigena. Only found Galway, Mayo. Bogs, wet heaths.
Tall, to 150cm. Part of Lusitanian Flora.
Photographs above: Ballingeary, Co.Cork. July 2006