Heather flowers typically grow in shades of white, purple, and pink.
White heather symbolizes protection, good luck, or wishes coming true.
Purple heather symbolizes admiration and solitude.
Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish writer and poet, write a poem entitled Heather Ale. This poem tells the tale of Vikings and the Pictish King. According to the poem, the Vikings defeated the Picts army and cornered the king and his son on a cliff in an attempt to gain the recipe for Heather Ale. However, the king would rather be thrown off the cliff than give up the recipe. He loses the battle, but takes the secret recipe to his grave.
There stood the son and father,
And they looked high and low;
The heather was red around them,
The sea rumbled below.