This short, hairless, evergreen undershrub is a much loved sight on hills, moorland and dry acid soils. Blooming from June to September, the bell-shaped, pink/purple flowers are 5-6mm long and occasionally white. The 'bell' in fact is four petals fused together. Bell Heather's leaves are narrow, dark-green – sometimes bronzy - and in whorls of 3 up the stems. This is a native plant and belongs to the family Ericaceae.
I first identified this in Glendalough Co Wicklow in 1976 and photographed it in Ballybraid, Co Wicklow in 1996 and 2007.
If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre