Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Crossleaf Heath - Erica tetralix   L.
Members of Ericaceae:
Only member of Erica in NC.
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DistributionA single collection is known, from Harnett County: O'Connell Pond W of Spout Springs, sandy soil with grasses and shrubs, 7 July 1964, B. Bennett 99 (NCU). There is no indication that cultivated plants were nearby.

Native of northern and western Europe; in N.A. scattered from N.S. to NC; also OH.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatSandy grassy area beside impoundment.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-August.
IdentificationAs its name implies, this little shrub has small leaves in whorls of 4. Thus, it has a very different aspect than Calluna vulgaris. Its flowers are tubular and pale to dark pink.
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