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in botany, common name for some members of the Ericaceae, a family of chiefly evergreen shrubs with berry or capsule fruits. Plants of the heath family form the characteristic vegetation of many regions with acid soils, particularly the moors, swamps, and mountain slopes
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, in botany.



(Calluna), a genus of plants of the family Ericaceae, represented by only one species (C. vulgaris). A low evergreen shrub, usually 30-70 cm high, it has numerous small, sessile, almost trihedral leaves that are tegularly arranged in four layers. The flowers are also small and numerous on young branches in more or less unilateral racemes; the corolla is lilac pinkish, sometimes white, shorter than the bright, laminated calyx, which is colored like the corolla.

Heather grows in pine forests, in burned-out forests, and in peat bogs, often forming dense thickets. It is found in Europe, predominantly in the northern half, Asia (mainly in the western portion), North Africa (Morocco), the Azores, Greenland, and the Atlantic coast of America. Heather is a good nectar-bearer but gives a tart, or even bitter, honey; it had fodder value, especially in the Atlantic countries of Western Europe. Flowering branches are used as winter bouquets. Sometimes representatives of the genus Erica are also called heather.



Calluna vulgaris. An evergreen heath of northern and alpine regions distinguished by racemes of small purple-pink flowers.


1. a low-growing evergreen Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Calluna vulgaris, that grows in dense masses on open ground and has clusters of small bell-shaped typically pinkish-purple flowers
2. any of certain similar plants
3. a purplish-red to pinkish-purple colour
4. of or relating to interwoven yarns of mixed colours
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Winter flowering and tree heathers are pruned in early April after flowering, taking care with all types not to cut back into old wood.
A heather bed is also more easily maintained than individual plants, trimming annually after the first year for the sake of health and tidiness.
Heather said the industry had changed a great deal in the past 21 years - with more hairdressers opting for self-employment and working from existing salons rather than employing staff.
Heather stands for a long moment in the middle of the room.
Gateshead Council is clearing the site of trees and scrub to give the heather extra protection.
Robin would need to stand on the Front Bench just to kiss 5 ft 9 ins tall Heather.
To give his flat lot the more visually interesting look of undulating hills, and to better set off the heathers, Thompson built up mounds of soil and planted the heathers on top.
However, contrary to popular belief, heathers do not demand a sloping site, preferring instead an almost flat surface, which means they are suitable for most gardens although the numerous varieties do share a common dislike for lime.
But Ben is convinced the well-being of Heather will continue to be the couple's number one consideration.
Contrary to popular belief, however, heathers do not need a sloping site, preferring instead an almost flat surface, which means that they should be suited to most gardens although the numerous varieties do share a common dislike - lime.