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Common Heather (Calluna Vulgaris) is also known as ling. The name derives from Greek and Latin - 'Calluna' derives from a Greek word meaning to sweep (the plant was used to make brushes), 'Vulgaris' comes from the Latin word for common.
Young plants are an excellent food source for sheep and wildlife, particularly grouse. As it gets older, ling becomes degenerate and unpalatable. New growth is stimulated through the cutting and burning of heather moorlands, usually on a 15 year rotation cycle. This allows for continuous fresh growth for stock and wildlife.
At the end of July through to late August, the flowers turn the moorlands into a beautiful and vibrant purple landscape.
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