heather

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heather

Herbal medicine
An evergreen shrub that contains arbutin, carotene, citric and fumaric acids, flavonoids, tannins and volatile oils; it is antitussive, mildly sedative, a urinary tract antiseptic, and has been used for rheumatic complaints and gout.

heather

a member of the plant family Ericaceae; called also heath. None of the native heathers of the UK, e.g. Erica cinerea, E. (Calluna) vulgaris, are poisonous but the exotic shrubs, Andromeda (see pieris) and kalmia, are.
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The most common species of heather in Scotland is calluna vulgaris.
The quantity of above-ground biomass at this upland heath site, dominated by Calluna vulgaris, was typical of that recorded for similar ecosystems in Britain (reviewed by Gimingham 1972).
Chapman SB, Hibble J, Rafarel CR (1975) Net aerial production by Calluna vulgaris on lowland heath in Britain.
The Ling Heather, Calluna vulgaris, grows locally on Marsden Moor and across much of the Peak District, giving us that spectacular purple moorland picture of late summer.
You can inject some instant colour onto your patio with Yoder chrysanthemums, bud heathers or Calluna vulgaris, autumn crocus and dwarf Michaelmas daisies.
Thompson is too humble to recommend a 13th favorite - Calluna vulgaris 'Forty-Niner Gold'.