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Common Alpine Wildflowers of Glacier National Park

Pink mountain heather (Phyllococe empetriformis) Pink mountain heather (Phyllococe empetriformis)

Pink mountain heather strongly resembles the classic heather from Scotland (Calluna vulgaris), however it is a different species altogether. Nevertheless, it evokes the same feelings of atmospheric wild space that define Scotland. Pink mountain heather flowers can be used instead of hops in beer-making, much the same way that the Celts used their own heather flowers.

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