Enter the Winter heliotrope Challenge to help map its distribution.  All entrants will be in with a chance to win tickets for a range of family activities in Lough Key Forest Park, or a set of Swatch Cards from the National Biodiversity Data Centre.

Winter heliotrope flowers in winter. Flowers are white to lilac, smelling strongly of almonds or vanilla
Leaves are heart shaped leaves 20-50cm wide.

Winter heliotrope (Petasites fragrans) is a plant which is native to North Africa and the Mediterranean regions. Brought to Ireland by gardeners in the 19th Century, it spreads rapidly underground, and grows quickly, blocking out light from native plants and dominating the area. See: http://bit.ly/2fghhp4






In order to enter the competition, you must make sure that the “location” setting on your camera-phone is turned on.  Take a picture of winter heliotrope and upload the image to the app or through the on-line platform.  It’s as simple as that. Competition runs from November 28th to December 31st.

**The Winter Heliotrope Challenge is now closed and the winners will be announced shortly.  Thanks to all that took part and you can still continue to submit your sightings of Winter heliotrope for mapping.**


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