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Flower colours are indicated using the colours given in The Heather Society's colour chart, with a code of the colour; thus, H9 is the code for the colour called beetroot.

Flowering periods are indicated by Roman numerals from I to XII (each equivalent to a month); thus, for example, IX-XII means September to December (in northern hemisphere).

❁ Indicates double flowers

♤ Indicates bud bloomer

{phrases in brackets are trade designations, or trademarks (with ® appended) used for marketing purposes}


‘Babette’

♤ Shell-pink (H16) buds, VIII–XII; mid-green foliage; habit erect (like 'Melanie'); height 31–45cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Baby Ben’

An attractive, neat dome of green foliage tinged a reddish bronze in winter, but it never flowers; height 10–15cm; spread 10–15cm. Ideal for troughs and rockeries.

Found by David Edge at Forest Edge Nurseries in 1977; introduced by Forest Edge Nurseries in 1983.

Named by the finder, David Edge, after his son.

‘Baby Wicklow’

❁ Sparse shell-pink (H16) flowers, VIII–IX; dark green foliage; very slow-growing, forming tight compact plant; height less than 10cm; spread 10–15cm. Ideal for troughs. Dutch introduction.

‘Barbara Fleur’

Pale crimson (H13) flowers, VII–VIII; dark green foliage; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. An unusual flower colour, similar to 'Hookstone' but slightly darker.

Seedling; found at Schalkhaar, Netherlands by G. Michielsen-van Pelt (Schalkhaar) in 1969; introduced by P. G. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop, Netherlands) in 1973.

Named after the daughter of Mevrouw Michielsen-van Pelt.

‘Barbara’

♤ Mauve (H2) buds which are white at the base, IX–XII; mid-green foliage; upright habit; height 30cm; spread 40cm.

® C.2008:04 registered  on 6 April 2008 by K. Kramer, Edewecht, Germany.

‘Barja’

Mauve (H2) flowers, XI–I; very dark green foliage; young shoots tipped with yellow-red; upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. The name is formed from the initial letters of Bep, Adrie, Riet, Jike and Annie, the wives of the partners in P. Bakhuyzen & Zonen, Boskoop, Netherlands

‘Barnett Anley’

Bright lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VIII–X; dark green foliage; open habit; height 61–75cm; spread 61–75cm. Very showy; a seedling found by Mrs Gwendolen Anley before 1960 and named after her husband, Brigadier B. L. Anley.

‘Battle of Arnhem’

Gun-metal-coloured buds opening lilac-pink (H11), X–XII; dark green foliage turning bronze in winter; height 61–75cm; spread 61–75cm.

A seedling collected near Arnhem by Dr I. T. Visser (Wageningen, Netherlands) in 1971.

Named to commemorate the World War II battle near the place where it was found.

‘Bayport’

Mauve flowers, VIII–IX; gold foliage tinted orange in summer and turning bright red in winter; upright, bushy habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.

Seedling raised and introduced by R. M. Steele (Rose Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada) in 1993 and named after a town in Nova Scotia.

Named after a town in Nova Scotia. The name consists of one word.

‘Beechwood Crimson’

Crimson (H13) flowers in long spikes, VIII–IX; dark green foliage; upright habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

Found by J. W. Sparkes (Beech Wood Nurseries, Beoley, Redditch, Worcestershire, England); introduced by J. W. Sparkes about 1966.

Named after J. W. Sparkes's nursery, Beechwood.

‘BEJ’

❁ Flowers full double, pale lilac; VIII-IX; foliage mid-green; habit broad; height 25 - 30 cms.  Sport on Calluna vulgaris 'Flore Pleno', found and propagated by John Proudfoot, Almondell Nursery, Methven, Perthshire, Scotland. Name is made up of the initials of Brita Elizabeth Johansson. The larger pale lilac flowers are a nice contrast with the foliage.

‘Bella Rosa’

♤ Wine-red (H14) buds, IX–XII; dark green foliage; broad, spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. From Jürgen Krebs (Hoyerhagen, Germany) before 1998.

‘Ben Nevis’

White flowers, VIII–IX; bright green foliage; dwarf with twisted growth; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm.

Found by R. J. Brien (Pitcairngreen Heather Farm, Perthshire, Scotland); introduced by R. J. Brien by 1977.

Named after the mountain on which it was found?

‘Bennachie Bronze’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VIII–IX; gold foliage in summer, turning bronze in winter; broad upright habit; height 15cm; spread 20cm. Found on Bennachie, a mountain west of Inverurie, Scotland, by James Mackay (Blairdaff, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) before 1995 {see J. R. Mackay, 2009 A love affair with heathers. Heathers 6: 25–33}.

‘Bennachie Prostrate’

Mauve flowers, VIII; mid-green foliage; semi-prostrate and twiggy; height 5cm; spread 30cm. Another found by James Mackay on the same day as 'Bennachie Bronze' {see J. R. Mackay, 2009 A love affair with heathers. Heathers 6: 25–33}.

‘Beoley Crimson Variegated’

Crimson flowers, IX–X; dark green foliage flecked with yellow; upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Sport from 'Beoley Crimson'.

‘Beoley Crimson’

Bright crimson (H13) flowers, IX–X; dark green foliage; open erect habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.

Found at Beechwood Nursery (Beoley, Redditch, Worcestershire, England) by J. W. Sparkes; introduced by J. W. Sparkes and P. W. Sparkes in conjunction with Tabramhill Gardens (Nottingham) about 1970.

Named after the Worcestershire village near Sparkes' nursery.

‘Beoley Gold’

White flowers, VIII–IX; yellow foliage throughout the year; upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm.

Found by J. W. Sparkes at Beech Wood Nursery (Beoley, Redditch, Worcestershire, England) before 1963 and thought to be a seedling from 'Gold Haze'.

Named after the Worcestershire village near Sparkes' nursery, and the foliage colour.

‘Beoley Silver’

White flowers, IX–X; silvery, pubescent foliage; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. One of the better grey-foliaged lings.

‘Bernadette’

Pale purple (H10) flowers, VII–VIII; yellow-green foliage turning bronze-red in winter; low, spreading habit; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm.

Found by H. M. J. Blum (Steenwijkerwold, Netherlands) in 1977; introduced by P.G. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop, Netherlands) in 1982.

Named after the finder's fourth daughter.

‘Bettina’ {Gardengirls®}

♤ Bud-flowering with long flowering spikes, white; IX-XII; foliage grey-green; habit very robust, upright; height 60cm; spread 50cm in 5 years.

Found in September 2007 at Geldern by Johannes van Leuven.

Named after Bettina Banse.

® C.2010:08 registered on 1 December 2010 by Johannes van Leuven, Geldern, Germany.

‘Betty Baum’

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, IX–X; dark green foliage turning an attractive brown in winter; open spreading habit; height 46–60cm; spread 75–100cm. Found in Scotland by Betty Baum (Aviemore, Inverness-shire), a worker at Jack Drake's Inshriach Nursery, Aviemore by 1966 but the cultivar was available in Belgium in 1963!

‘Bispingen’

Dark lilac flowers, VIII–IX; golden-yellow foliage turing copper-red in winter; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Similar to 'Cuprea'

‘Blazeaway’

Lavender (H3) flowers, VIII–IX; gold foliage in summer, turning orange, then fiery red in winter; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. More free-flowering than 'Robert Chapman'.

Found by J. W. Sparkes (Beechwood Nursery, Beoley, Redditch, Worcestershire, England); introduced by J. W. Sparkes in 1963.

Name is nn allusion to the changing foliage colours. The name should not be hyphenated (as in List [no date, c. 1975], G. P. Vickers (Sheffield)).

‘Blueness’

Mauve (H2) flowers, IX–X; dark green foliage; broad erect habit, making a good ground-cover plant; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm.

Seedling, found among 'Darkness'; raised in P. Bakhuyzen & Zonen nursery (Boskoop, Netherlands); introduced by Bakhuyzen in 1982.

Named after the former Nesspolder in part of the nursery at Boskoop.

‘Bognie’

Lavender (H3) flowers, VII–IX; gold foliage in summer, turning bronze in winter; new spring growth particularly attractive; height 16–20cm; spread 26–30cm.

‘Bollan’

Flowers usually solitary on short side-shoots, lilac; foliage young stems deep crimson; leaves pale yellow-green, some developing very pale creamy tips; to 2mm long, not appressed to shoot but spreading at angle of about 45° so individual shoots are moss-like; young side shoots not branching.

Chance seedling found in 2005 by Frideborg Sörensson in her garden in Hönö and named by her son, Sten-Börje Sörensson. Bollan was his mother’s nickname.

® C.2011:07 registered on 16 September 2011 by Sten-Börje Sörensson, Hono, Sweden.

‘Bonfire Brilliance’

Lilac pink (H11) flowers, VIII–IX; yellow-green foliage in summer, turning orange then bronze or red in winter; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.

Seedling; found in Mrs Olive Cowan's garden (Petherton, Temple Close, Moor Park, Farnham, Surrey, England); introduced by Primrose Hill Nursery (Haslemere, Surrey) in 1971.

Name is an allusion to the foliage colours.

‘Bonita’ {Gardengirls®}

♤ Red buds, IX–XII; orange-yellow foliage in summer turning bronze in winter; broad, spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Bonne’s Darkness’

Pure purple-red flowers in dense spikes, VIII–IX; greenish yellow foliage turning greener in winter with bronze tints; broad upright habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Sport on 'Darkness' found by Boomkwekerijen Bonne-Versluys, Belgium, before 1998, hence the name.

‘Bonsaï’

Perhaps the slowest and smallest Calluna making a very tight clump of dark green; height 16–20cm; spread 16–20cm. It has never produced flowers!

A sport on 'Findling' which is another cushion-like ling,  found on G. van Hoef s nursery, Barneveld, Holland by his daughter Ria in 1988.

Bonsai is a Japanese term used for artificially dwarfed trees; an allusion to the dwarf habit.

‘Borås’

No description other than attached image.

Wild-collected; found near Borås, southwestern Sweden, by Mats Johansson about 1982; introduced by Arthur Persson (Tostarp, Sweden) as early as 1984.

Named after the Swedish town, situated east of Göteborg, near which the plant was found [see also 'Bosnäs'].

‘Boreray’

White flowers, VII–VIII; mid-green foliage; shoots turning down at ends; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm.

Wild-collected (collector's no. K70); found on Boreray in the St Kilda group by R. J. Brien (Pitcairngreen Heather Farm, Perth, Scotland) in 1966; introduced by R. J. Brien in 1967.

Named after the island where it was found, Boreray in the St Kilda island group, Scotland.

‘Boskoop’

Lavender-mauve (H3/H2) flowers, VIII–IX; rich gold foliage turning orange with red tints in winter; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Excellent.

Seedling; found by Harry van de Laar in his garden at Boskoop, Netherlands, in 1967; introduced by P. G. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop) in 1972.

Named after the town where H. van de Laar lived.

‘Bradford’

Deep bright purple flowers, VII–X; dark green, tight foliage; robust, vigorous, with a low spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

Seedling; found by Walter Kolaga (Mayfair Nurseries, Windham, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA) before 1968; introduced by Mayfair Nurseries in 1968.

Named after a county in Pennsylvania, USA, where the introducing nursery was situated.

‘Braemar’

Large white flowers, VIII–X; bright green foliage; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm.

Sport on 'Loch Turret'; found by R. J. Brien (Pitcairngreen Heather Farm, Perth, Scotland); introduced by R. J. Brien about 1970.

Intended for the Queen's bouquet at The Braemar Gathering, via Miss Ritchie, florist, Dundee.

‘Braeriach’

Lavender flowers, VII–VIII; gold foliage in summer, deepening to orange in winter; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Distinctive foliage particularly in early spring; should be more widely grown.

‘Branchy Anne’

Free-flowering; pink flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; less compact than 'Sister Anne'; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm.

‘Bray Head’

Purple (H10) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; young spring shoots have attractive red, orange and yellow tints.

Wild-collected; found on Bray Head, County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1972 by Joseph Murphy; introduced by G. Yates (Tamramhill Gardens, Nottingham, England). The plant now in the trade under this name may be 'Braehead'.

Named after the promontory in County Wicklow, Ireland, where it was believed to have been found by Joseph Murphy {see G. Yates, 1996. Erica cinerea 'Joseph Murphy'. Yearbook of the Heather Society 1996: 21–22).

‘Breivik’

Flowers pink; foliage dense dark green; habit broad very hardy. Collected north-west of Bergen, Norway, by Anna Karin Breivik, c. 1990.

‘Bright Velvet’

Flowers white; VII-IX; foliage pure grey, without a trace of green; habit erect. Sport on 'Velvet Fascination', found by Albert Bosch in 1994 on nursery.

® C.2006:05 registered on 29 October 2006 by Albert Bosch, Westerlee, Netherlands.

‘Brita Elisabeth’

❁ Deep heliotrope flowers, VIII–IX; dark green foliage; broad habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Found on Torre Moss in western Sweden by Brita Johansson, after whom it is named

‘Bronze Beauty’

Mauve (H2) flowers, XI–XII; dark green foliage; upright habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Bud Lyle’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VIII–IX; yellow-gold foliage developing orange and red tints in winter; dwarf; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Named after the elder Mr Lyle of Delaney & Lyle, Alloa, Scotland.

‘Bunsall’

Lavender-mauve (H3/H2) flowers, VIII–IX; yellow foliage in summer turning shades of bronze and orange in winter; narrow upright habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Much brighter than many other lings in winter.

Seedling; found by George Osmond at Archfield Nursery (Wickwar, Wooton under Edge, Gloucestershire, England); introduced by G. Osmond in 1972.

Named after a hamlet near the nursery, near Wickwar, Gloucestershire.

‘Buxton Snowdrift’

White flowers, VIII–IX; bright green foliage; open erect habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

Wild-collected; found on Buxton Heath, Norfolk, England, by B. G. (Jack) London (Taverham, Norwich, Norfolk), a local heather enthusiast, before 1968.

Named after the Norfolk heath where it was found, and the colour of the flowers.