Irish wildflowers BSBI map

St Dabeoc's Heath, Daboecia cantabrica, Fraoch na haon choise
Photographs: Co.Galway Charles Nelson

St. Dabeoc's Heath
Daboecia cantabrica
Fraoch na haon choise
Family: Ericaceae

Flowering time: May-October. Evergreen shrub. Native.

Clusters of bell-shaped purple-pink flowers with 4 lobes and darker bracts. The alternate, dark green, pointed leaves are lanceolate-oblong with inrolled margins and are downy-white underneath. Stems are woody and straggling. Height to 60cm.

Occurs in County Galway and Co. Mayo in thin, acidic soil on rocky heaths and moorland. A member of the Lusitanian Flora.

Similar: Bell Heather, Erica cinerea has smaller flowers

St Dabeoc's Heath, Daboecia cantabrica, Fraoch na haon choise

St Dabeoc's Heath, Daboecia cantabrica, Fraoch na haon choise
St Dabeoc's Heath, Daboecia cantabrica, Fraoch na haon choise

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