Plants to look out for

There are countless plant species on the moors, but some of the more interesting and common ones are listed here. Some you may be lucky to find, others you will be able to spot straight away.

    Polytrichum piliferum

    A type of moss with the bright red capsules, for reproduction

    Bristly Haircap moss. The red spikes, or 'capsules' contain the spores for reproduction. It can look like a red carpet for just a short time during mid-summer.

    Cotton grass

    Fluffy cotton heads of the cotton grass plant

    The common cotton sedge and the hare's tail cotton sedge both look fairly similar, with the white fluffy flowers during summer.

    Calluna vulgaris

    The purple flowers of moorland ling heather

    Ling heather is one of the most common moorland plants. Look out for the swathes of purple during late summer.


    The carnivorous sundew

    The sundew is a carnivorous plant found on the moor. It catches insects using sticky nodules.

    Heath bedstraw

    Heath bedstraw creeping along the ground

    Tiny white flowers can be found on this ground creeping plant.

    Sphagnum moss

    Sphagnum moss of varying shades along with star moss and rushes

    There are many different types of sphagnum moss found on the moors. Certain species are some of the main peat forming plants on the moors.

    Bog asphodel

    A swathe of Bog asphodel

    This plant has striking yellow flowers during the summer, often flushed with orange.


    The bright red of the lichen cladonia

    Lots of lichens are found on the moors, cladonia being one species, with a distinctive red trumpet.

    Soft rush

    Rushes and grasses next to a stone waymarker

    There are a number of different reeds and rushes that thrive in the boggy conditions of the moor, along with many grass and sedge species.