The names heath and heather are often used interchangeably. Although both are somewhat similar low evergreen shrubs of the Old World, heather has short, scale like, overlapping leaves and a profusion of long-lasting rosy flowers; the true heathers (genus Erica) have needle like leaves and white, rose, or yellow flowers. Species of this large genus are characteristic of vast moor areas in West Europe and, especially, South Africa and the Mediterranean area.
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