purple heather

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Noun1.purple heather - semi-prostrate evergreen herb of western United States
heath - a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
genus Phyllodoce, Phyllodoce - small genus of evergreen Arctic and alpine shrubs
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He had risen to his feet and was standing with his back to the cedar-tree, looking away with fixed eyes to where the sunlight fell upon a distant hillside gorgeous with patches and streaks of yellow gorse and purple heather.
The summer journeys through the Preseli foothills and the Gwaun Valley provided a rainbow of wild flowers, while later the hills between the valley and the sea were carpeted with a mixture of purple heather, yellow gorse and green grass.
However, last weekend, it was just moi, the husband and four pals, off in search of 24 hours of relaxation at a lochside hotel, the kind of place that makes you burst into songs about purple heather and bonnie banks.
Majestic moorland, vivid clumps of purple heather, a road stretching away into the distance of a beautiful blue sky.
So, any summer day in the year when the sun shines upon them, these hills are set to the music of merry voices of boys and girls, and older children who feel young on the purple heather at 50.
From the bright green of the new bracken at the start of the year, to the purple heather in August.
1 Last of the summer colour walk, Sychnant Pass, Conwy, tomorrow, 2pm Wander amongst the clumps of purple heather and discover some of the heathland treasures on Conwy Mountain, and the Pensychnant estate next to it, enjoying the last of the vivid summertime colours.
Now a rarity in the South of England, this is a glorious heathland, covered in summer by rich purple heather.
Beside you there are moorswith purple heather and grazing cattle and in the distance are mountains so great their peaks are all but lost to the clouds.
Rod Stewart and the Scottish Euro 1996 squad singing Purple Heather also sneaked into the chart, at No 10.