Erica australis f. albiflora: corolla pure white

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).


‘Holehird White’

IV–V, flowers with pale green, downy sepals, and dark brown anthers; dark green foliage; erect; height at least 1m; spread 75–100cm. A sport on 'Holehird' from the Lakeland Horticultural Society's garden at Windermere, Cumbria; discovered by Russel Hope Simpson in 1987

‘Mr Robert’

Flowers white;IV–VI; light green foliage; loose, upright habit; height at least 1m; spread 75–100cm. One of the finest of all heathers.

Collected by Lieut. Robert Williams (Caerhays, Cornwall) at Algeciras in southern Spain.

Named after Robert Williams. Lieutenant Williams was killed early in during World War I. (2nd Lieut R Williams (2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards), buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, died 8 October 1915, in Battle of Loos.)

‘Polar Express’

Flowers single, in groups of four at tips of shoots, flowering shoots very densely crowded towards ends of branches; corolla c. 9mm long, white, slightly curved, widening towards mouth; calyx segments unequal, with broad translucent margins and pale green mid-rib, lobes c. 3mm long, c. 1.5mm broad; anthers brown; style to 9mm long prominently emerging from corolla, style end green when fresh; nectar profuse; IV-VI; foliage deep green; linear leaves to 6mm long; habit compact bushy shrub to 0.9m tall, to 1m across in 3 years (not pruned).

Seedling 05-2-20 raised by K. Kramer in 2005, F2 seedling of self-pollinated 'Mr Robert'. Selected  and named by David Edge in 2016 after cultivation in Forest Edge Nurseries. Hardier than other clones of E. australis having survived a frost test as a seedling in Germany. Distinguished from 'Mr Robert' and 'Holehird White' by green style end.

® E.2016:07: registered on 21 December 2016 by David Edge, Forest Edge Nurseries, Wimborne, Dorset.