The heather or heath family are flowering plants with over 4000 species arranged into 126 genera and are found worldwide. Popular members of the family include Rhododendrons, Blueberry
The flowers are often urn-shaped with fused petals, though some species have un-fused bilaterally symmetrical flowers. The fruit is usually a berry or capsule. They may be herbs or shrubs, often with evergreen, simple leaves. The leaves typically grow alternately along the stem, but in some species may be opposite from each other or whorled. Some species of Ericaceae, such as Monotropa, lack chlorophyll, getting their nutrients from fungi growing in the soil.
Many plants in this family like acid soil.
Name Derivation: The Erica (heather) family