I was shopping the other day when I saw this plant. I was delighted, because I had never seen this before, and it looked so unusual. It is Italian Heather! The blooms are like long, thin pockets. One legend says that white heather only grows on the burial grounds of fairies. Long heather branches were used to make brooms. I wonder if this is the broom bush referred to in the following bible verse?
“Then he lay down and slept beneath the broom bush. But as he was sleeping, an Angel touched him and told him to get up and eat!”
1 Kings: 19