Heather flowers grow in northern and western Europe. It grows in Turkey and Morocco and has been naturalised in North America. Heather is particularly popular in Scotland. The name of the flower is believed to come from the Scottish term, haeddre, which was used to describe a heathland or shrubland.
Its genus name, Calluna, gives the heather flower its meaning. It came from the Greek word kalluno which means ‘to cleanse’ or ‘adorn.’ The name fits as heathers were once used for making brooms. A sprig of white heather in a bride’s bouquet for good luck is common in Scotland.