Phyllodoce (plant)

Phyllodoce /ˌfɪləˈds/ is a small genus of plants which includes the mountain-heaths or mountain heathers. These are low, matting shrubs with distinctive leaves which roll under themselves so tightly they resemble pine needles. They bear attractive flowers in shades of pink and purple. Phyllodoce are found in mountainous regions of North America, especially the western United States; blue heath (Phyllodoce caerulea) is native to north-western Europe.

The genus name refers to the flowers; Phyllodoce was a Greek sea nymph mentioned by Virgil.[1]

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  1. ^ Sierra Nevada Wildflowers, Karen Wiese, 2nd ed, 2013, p 67
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