Definition of mountain heather in US English:

mountain heather


  • 1The common heather, Calluna vulgaris, which often grows in mountainous country (frequently poetic).

  • 2US any of various small shrubs of the family Ericaceae; especially any of the plants constituting the genus Phyllodoce.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Walter Scott (1771–1832), poet and novelist.