Erica ciliaris is a species of heather, known in the British Isles as Dorset heath. It grows to 60 centimetres (24 in), and has leaves 2–4 millimetres (0.08–0.16 in) long, with long, glandular hairs. The flowers are 8–12 mm (0.31–0.47 in) long, bright pink, and arranged in long racemes.
In the British Isles, it is only found natively in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, where it lives in bogs and wet heaths. It has also been introduced to Hampshire and County Galway. E. ciliaris was voted the county flower of Dorset in 2002 following a poll by the wild flora conservation charity Plantlife.
- Clive A. Stace (2010). "Erica L. – heaths". New Flora of the British Isles (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 528–530. ISBN 978-0-521-70772-5.
- "Dorset heath (Erica ciliaris)". County Flowers. Plantlife. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
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