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Purple Heath

Cors Caron, Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales

The bog itself was a riot of purple due to the large amount of Ling Calluna vulgaris (3) flowering. Ling is a common plant of heaths and bogs and it’s rare to find an acidic soil with a patch of it growing.

It wasn’t just Ling which could be found growing, the related Crossed-Leaved Heath Erica tetralix (8) could be found growing in the damper sphagnum bog, along with the highly specialized Round-Leaved Sundew Drosera rotundifolia (7).

Areas of the bog were also studded with orange, these came from the dying seed heads of Bog Asphodel Narthecium ossifragum (10), the stunning yellow flowers give way to a stunning orange and eventually turns to a dry yellow in winter.

It was a bit of a surprise to still find a Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria (6) which should have finished flowering long ago.