Scotch heather or heather is a small, evergreen shrub that form thick mats of foliage. Tiny, scale-like leaves overlapping in pairs appear on thin stems that grow 24” tall and a few feet wide, there are varieties that only get 4” tall.  Leaves are usually gray to green starting in spring through summer but acquire bronze and purple tones from early fall through late winter. Rose to purplish flowers grow one-sided on spike-like clusters appear in mid to late summer.