(Greek, to sweep ; the branches are some times used for making brooms). Ericdcece. HEATHER. Low evergreen shrubs with imbricated, scale-like lvs. in four rows, the branchlets therefore quadrangular: fls. in terminal racemes; corolla campanulat-e, 4-lobed, shorter than the 4-parted colored calyx; stamens 8: fr. capsular. One species in W. and N. Eu., also in Asia Minor; in E. N. Amer. in some localities natural ized. For culture, see Erica.