Erica ciliaris f.aureifolia : foliage golden or yellow

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).


Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VIII–XI; straw-yellow foliage in summer, changing to coral in winter and spring; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. Susceptible to damage in winter if planted in heavy ground, frost pockets or cold windy aspects.

Wild-collected; found near Wareham, Dorset, England, by D. F. Maxwell and introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset) in 1927.

Named from aureus = golden yellow, after the colour of the foliage.