Erica cinerea anomalous clones: “wheat-ear” (bracteate)


‘Brian Bamford’

Flowers single, with normal style and stamens, corolla shading from mauve (H2) at base to amethyst (HI) at tip, calyx deep red: foliage mid-green: also produces tufts of "wheat-ears" comprising 12-16 deep red bracts, 2.7 - 3.5mm long x 1.6-2.3mm wide habit upright, 30cm or more tall.
Found in Ringwood Forest in 1982.
Registered no. 136. 22 September 1995: Mrs W. E. S. Bamford, Haythorne Nursery, Verwood, Dorset. {Yb Heather Soc. 1996: 60.}

‘Ockham’

No flowers, instead each flower is replaced by a dark ruby (H5) bud-like cluster of c. 20 “bracts” having shape andtexture of sepals.
Noticed about 2004 on Ockham Common, Surrey, by James Adler (Ranger) and subsequently (2006) propagated at RHS Garden Wisley; planted in Howard’s Field at Wisley; introduced by Forest Edge Nursery, Wimborne, Dorset, in 2013.
® E.2014:01  registered by Royal Horticultural Society