Erika (Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein) was the marching song of the Waffen SS. The song was composed by Herms Niel in 1939. Its use is banned in the current German Federal Defence Force (Bundeswehr). The song is popular among Italian neofascists. Name "Erika" had been derived from the heather plant (German: Heide, Erika; Latin : Erica). Vast heather-yards are one of the proud symbols of german natural heritage.