|Luis Fernández García Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Commons|
|"Juniperus communis cones" by MPF - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Commons|
Its common name in French genievre gives us our name for gin, the spirit which is flavoured with juniper 'berries' (amongst other aromatics).
What's odd about juniper is that it grows in two quite different habitats in the UK. In the north it grows in wet, acidic conditions on hills and moors; in the south it is found on dry, calcareous soils such as the chalk that forms the Downs.