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Herba Ericae

Herba Ericae

24 May 2018
The heather leaf, whose Latin name is 'Herba Ericae', is from the heather family. Its homeland is South Africa. There are more than 600 species. It grows in other parts of Africa, Mediterranean countries, and Europe. It is common in Thrace and North Anatolia in our country. It is an evergreen perennial herb. It has miniature leaves that resemble needles.

It is so eye-catching with its tiny pink flowers that bloom in autumn that heather bushes are a precious ornament of gardens. These stunning, beautiful flowers don't just grab people's attention. It is also vital for many butterfly species. Because the larvae of these butterflies can only be fed with heather.

From the heather leaf plant; heather leaf tea, heather leaf ointment, and cream are produced. It is also used in making pipes since its root is resistant to burning.
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