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  • Common Name: Heath
  • Latin Name: Erica spp.
  • Family Name: Ericaceae
This shrubby plant, like its close relative Heather, makes a nice shelter for tortoises and it won't harm them if nibbled occasionally.

The main differences between Heath and Heather are that Heath is not quite as good at tolerating cold temperatures as Heather, and Heath has needle-like leaves, whereas Heather has flat scale-like leaves with very tiny hairs that can give them a greyish tinge.  The flowers on Heath are generally urn-shaped.  See also Heather.

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