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What Do Heather Plants Look Like?

By Charmayne Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017

The heather plant is an evergreen shrub that grows naturally in the Western Europe, Northeastern North America, and Siberia. Heather is a sun-loving plant that is easily grown and prefers acidic but well-drained soil. The plant thrives with full color blooms when well-fertilized and normally produces flowers in the late summer months, from late July through October.

Blooming Colors

Heather plants bloom in a wide variety of colors that include purple, lavender, pink, red, magenta, amethyst, green, gold, silver and white, depending on its type. Its foliage can also range in these various colors.


Heather plants grow in dense formation that provides little sunlight to vegetation under and around its growing area.

Height Variations

Some variations of heather, including true Scotch Heather and Erica carnea, can grow to heights between 6 and 18 inches tall.

Irish Heather

Irish Heather develops oval, dark green leaves with long spikes. These spikes droop with white rose bells and reach up to 6 inches in height.

Mound Formation

Heather grows in healthy, dense mounds that spread quickly due to its avid seed production. This shrub’s mounds can be of one color or multi-colored blooms.


Heather blooms grow on small to medium sized stems that, regardless of foliage and bloom color, are usually always a variation of green.


About the Author


Writing professionally since 2004, Charmayne Smith focuses on corporate materials such as training manuals, business plans, grant applications and technical manuals. Smith's articles have appeared in the "Houston Chronicle" and on various websites, drawing on her extensive experience in corporate management and property/casualty insurance.