Erica cinerea flowers (pale) pink to (dark) purple (f. cinerea)

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).


‘Alette’

Magenta flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage changing to dark bronze-green in winter; upright, bushy; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Similar to 'Lorna Ann Hutton' but has slightly broader flower–spikes. Named after the finder's daughter. Of Dutch origin.

‘Alfred Bowerman’

Brick-red flowers, VII–IX, in long spikes; dark green foliage; vigorous, erect; height 31–45cm; spread 31–45cm. Named after a former Chairman of The Heather Society by his daughter-in-law.

‘Alice Ann Davies’

Bright magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX; gold foliage which reddens in winter; compact spreading habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Angarrack’

Deep beetroot (H9) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; erect; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Similar to 'Velvet Night'.

Wild-collected; found at the long-derelict railway station at Angarrack, Cornwall, England, by Mrs B. E. M. Garratt and David McClintock in 1974.

Named after Angarrack a village 2 miles northeast of Hayle, Cornwall, England.

‘Angela’

Flowers ruby to beetroot, corolla H5/H9; calyx green to reddish brown; VII-VIII/IX; foliage dark green; habit broad erect; height 20cn; spread 25cm after 5 years (pruned). Has same good characteristics as 'Pentreath', but special colour. A sport from 'Pentreath' found by Dick de Bruijn in 1997 on his nursery.

Named after the finder's wife.

® E.2007:14 registered 6 September 2007 by Dick de Bruijn, Boskoop, Netherlands.

‘Anita Lillie’

Flowers in racemes to 5cm long, magenta (H14), pedicels red; VI-VIII; new foliage pink in Spring turning yellow then red, mature foliage light green in Summer, mid-green at other seasons; habit compact spreading; height 15cm; spread 30cm; stems red ageing to brown, glabrous. Sport on Erica cinerea 'Purple Beauty' found in 1995 at Summerhill Nursery, Frensham, Surrey, England, by Mrs Anita Lillie Austin. Registered 24 August 1998: Mrs A. L. Austin, 68 Birch Road, Headley Down, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 8BW, England.

‘Anja Bakker’

Lavender (H3) flowers, VII–XI; light green foliage; broad upright habit; height 10–15cm; spread 21–25cm. Named after a niece of the finder.

‘Anja Slegers’

Ruby (H5) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; compact, erect; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Named after the finder's daughter.

‘Anne Berry’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–X; yellow-green foliage throughout the year, young shoots with bronze tips in spring; height 10–15cm; spread 46–60cm.

Wild-collected; found on Chobham Common, Surrey, England, about 1960 by Anne Berry; introduced by G. Underwood & Son (Hookstone Green Nursery, West End, Woking, Surrey) by 1963.

Named after Anne Berry who was an employee of G. Underwood & Sons (Chobham, Surrey).

The spelling of the cultivar name is here corrected, as permitted under the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (8th edition, 2009), Article 35.3, to correct the unintentional mistake ("Ann Berry") in the original spelling.

‘Apple Blossom’

White flowers becoming pale shell–pink (H16), VI–XI; mid-green foliage; neat spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Found on a heathland bank near Corfe Mullen, Dorset.

‘Apricot Charm’

Very sparse mauve (H2) flowers, VII–VIII; light yellow foliage in summer, turning to apricot-orange in winter; neat and compact; height 10–15cm; spread 16–20cm. Found as a sport on a plant at Sunningdale, Surrey, by John F. Letts.

‘Aquarel’

Bi-coloured flowers, white at the base becoming pale lavender (H3), purple (H10) at the mouth, VII–IX; dark green foliage; spreading but open habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Ashdown Forest’

Rich lavender flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; vigorous spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Ashgarth Garnet’

Beetroot (H9) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; upright; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Found by "Papa" Hale at his house, Ashgarth, Haslemere, Surrey.

‘Atropurpurea’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

Listed as early as 1826 by Conrad Loddiges (Hackney, London, England). However the plant currently grown under this name was found by Georg Arends (Wuppertal, Germany) and introduced by him by 1920.

Named from atro- = dark; purpureus = purple. The name is sometimes hyphenated, atro-purpurea (e.g. J. F. Letts, Hardy heaths & the heather garden: 83 (1966, 2nd edition).).

‘Atrorubens’

Ruby (H5) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; provides neat ground-cover; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Baylay’s Variety’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; very compact, slow growing; height 10–15cm; spread 21–25cm.

‘Bemmel’

Lilac-pink flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; spreading habit; height 25cm; spread 40cm. Seedling raised by J. A. M. Dahm (Bemmel, Netherlands) by 1993.

‘Blossom Time’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; broad spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

Possible seedling; raised and introduced by Hardwicks Nursery (Newick, Sussex, England) about 1963.

‘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.}

‘Bucklebury Red’

Ruby (H5) flowers, VII–VIII, abundant; dark green foliage; upright but often weighed down by the flowers; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Well worth growing. Named after a common near Newbury, Berkshire, where it was found.

‘C. D. Eason’

Bright magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; neat ground-cover; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. Recommended. Found by C. D. Eason near Broadstone, Dorset, when employed by Maxwell & Beale.

‘C. G. Best’

Rose-pink (H7) flowers, VI–X; mid-green foliage; graceful habit; height 26–30cm; spread 61–75cm. Found by C. G. Best, an employee of Maxwell & Beale, on Corfe Mullen Heath, Dorset.

‘Cairn Valley’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–VIII, fading almost to white; mid-green foliage; broad habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found in Cairn Valley, Glencairn near Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, by J. Wilson; introduced by Oliver & Hunter (Moniaive, Dumfries, Scotland) in 1967.

Named after a valley in the parish of Glencairn, Moniave, Dumfries, Scotland.

‘Caldy Island’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. Outstanding.

Wild-collected; found on Caldy Island off the Pembrokeshire coast, Wales; introduced by R. Hayes (Grasmere, Cumbria, England) by 1955.

Named after the island on which it was collected.

‘Cevennes’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–X; mid-green foliage; compact spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 61–75cm. A good carpeting heather.

Wild-collected; found in the Cévennes, France, by Sir Oscar Warburg (Epsom, Surrey, England) and Dr E. F. Warburg (Oxford University); introduced by the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardens, Wisley, in the 1930s.

Named after the locality where it was found, in France.

‘Champs Hill’

Dusky rose-pink flowers, VII–X, in long spikes; mid-green foliage; upright; height 31–45cm; spread 31–45cm.

Seedling; found at Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, Sussex, England, by Mrs M. A. Bowerman in 1976.

Named after the Bowermans' garden in West Sussex where it was found.

‘Cindy’

Purple (H10) flowers for a long period, VI–XI; dark green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm. Recommended. Found in Cornwall by Mr & Mrs John Letts and named after one of their dogs (see also 'Sherry').

‘Coccinea’

Ruby (H5) flowers, VI–VIII; dark green foliage; neat compact habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. One of the first bell heathers to bloom.

‘Colligan Bridge’

Purple (H10) flowers, VII–VIII; dark green foliage; slender, upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 31–45cm. Found at Colligan Bridge in the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland.

‘Constance’

Beetroot (H9) flowers, VII–XI; gold foliage flecked with red and yellow; height 10–15cm; spread 21–25cm. A sport from 'P. S. Patrick', named after Mrs C. I. MacLeod, first Secretary of The Heather Society.

‘Contrast’

Beetroot (H9) flowers, VIII–IX; dark green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Good when planted with other bell heathers that have pale foliage or pale flowers.

‘Creepy Crawly’

Flowers purple, single; VI-IX; foliage mid-green; habit trailing, creeping or weeping with stems grow flat on ground or descending; height 3cm; spread 35cm after 3 years forming a mat on level ground. Wild-collected from an exposed  coastal location in southwestern England in July 2007 by David Edge: has "novel habit with its green foliage and trailing, weeping" stems.

Published; URL www.heathersociety.org/new-heathers (posted 24 October 2015).

® E.2015.03 registered on 21 October 2015 by David Edge, Forest Edge Nurseries, Verwood Road, Woodlands, Wimborne, Dorset.

‘Crimson Glow’

Beetroot (H9) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; vigorous, upright; height 30cm; spread 50cm.

‘Daisy Hill Ruby’

Ruby (H5) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; neat ground-cover plant; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Formerly named 'Atrorubens, Daisy Hill'; introduced by the Daisy Hill Nursery, Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland.

‘Dave’

Corolla and calyx dark violet (H10 purple–H11 lilac-pink); VII-XI; foliage mid-green; habit upright; height 40cm; spread 40cm in 3 years.

Chance seedling, selected at Geldern by Johannes van Leuven in August 2007.

Named after David van Leuven, one of Johannes van Leuven’s sons.

® E.2010:09 registered on 30 October 2010 by Johannes van Leuven, Geldern, Germany.

‘Discovery’

Ruby-red flowers, VII–IX, in long spikes; dark green foliage; upright; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Duncan Fraser’

Very pale shell-pink flowers, VII–IX; mid-green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Attractive.

Wild-collected; found on Bagshot Heath, Surrey, England, by G. D. Waterer before 1960; introduced by Knap Hill nursery (Woking, Surrey) by 1964.

Named after a foreman in Waterer's Knap Hill Nursery.

‘Eden Valley’

Lavender (H3) flowers, white at the base, VII–X; mid-green foliage; tidy, prostrate habit; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm. Recommended.

Wild-collected; found at Trink Hill, southwest of St Ives, Cornwall, England, by Miss M. B. G. Waterer (Eden Valley, Ludgvan, near Penzance, Cornwall) in 1926; introduced by Knap Hill nursery (Woking, Surrey) in 1933.

Named after Miss Waterer's house at Ludgvan.

‘Eline’

Magenta flowers, VI–VIII; dark green foliage; upright, compact habit; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. A sport from 'Stephen Davis', found at Boskoop, Netherlands, by D. Boer jr. in 1993 and named after his daughter.

‘England’

Lavender (H3) flowers, VII–X, small; mid-green foliage; upright; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Found in a garden at Ringwood, Hampshire, and introduced in The Netherlands.

‘Felthorpe’

Lavender-pink flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; upright; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Fiddler’s Gold’

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–VIII; yellow-gold foliage with red tints, brightest in spring; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Seedling growing near 'Golden Hue' and 'Golden Drop'; found in J. E. B. (Edward) Plummer's garden at Fiddlestone Lodge, Burton in the Wirral, Cheshire, England; propagated at Liverpool University Botanic Gardens, Ness, Cheshire, before 1959.

Name derived from the garden, Fiddlestone.

‘Flamingo’

Rose-pink (H7) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Flott’

Flowers purple shading to crimson (HIO to H13); VI/VII-X; foliage very fine, pale green to yellow, with red shoot-tips; habit compact; height 16cm; spread 18cm after 4 years when not pruned.

Sport on 'Blossom Time' at Champs Hill in 2003, found and selected by Sid Brown.

Named (with her consent) after Dame Felicity Lott, singer; her affectionate nickname.

® E.2009:04 registered on 22 October 2009 by Mrs Mary Bowerman, Champs Hill, Coldwaltham, West Sussex, UK.

‘Foxhollow Mahogany’

Ruby (H5) flowers, VII–XI; dark green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm. Has a distinctive flower colour and is a good ground-cover. Found near St Ives, Cornwall, by John F. Letts (Foxhollow, Windlesham, Surrey).

‘Frances’

Dusky rose-pink (H7) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; upright; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Despite its upright habit, it provides a neat ground-cover plant when pruned annually.

Wild-collected; found at Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England, before 1921; introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset) in 1921.

Named after the finder, a maid employed by the Maxwell family.

‘Frankrijk’

Pale purple flowers, VII–IX; mid-green foliage; height 25cm; spread 40cm. It was found during 1969 in France by M. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop, Netherlands).

‘Fred Corston’

Pale cerise (H6) flowers, VII–X; mid-green foliage; compact; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Possible seedling; found by D. Waterer (Bagshot, Surrey, England) in 1954; introduced by Knap Hill nursery (Woking, Surrey) in 1965.

Named after Frederick H. D. Corston was a director of Knap Hill Nursery (Woking, Surrey) from 1968.

‘G. Osmond’

Pretty lavender (H3) flowers, VI–X, with ebony sepals and stalks; dark green foliage; spreading; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Found in Dorset by George Osmond, and introduced by Maxwell & Beale.

‘Glasnevin Red’

Striking ruby (H5) flowers, VIII–X; dark green foliage; sturdy habit; height 16–20cm; spread 21–25cm.

A seedling found in a batch of 'C. D. Eason' at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland, by 1960.

Named after the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, where it was raised, and the flower colour.

‘Glencairn’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–VIII; dark green foliage, shoots especially when young with distinctive red tips; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

A sport on 'C. D. Eason'; found at Moniaive, Dumfries, Scotland by J. Wilson of Oliver & Hunter; introduced by Oliver & Hunter by 1970.

Named after a parish near Moniaive, Dumfries-shire, Scotland.

‘Golden Charm’

Magenta flowers, VII–IX; gold foliage in summer tinged bronze in autumn; compact; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Seedling; found by Clive Benson in his garden, Farington, Preston, Lancashire, England; introduced by C. Benson by 1983.

Name alludes to the foliage colour.

‘Golden Drop’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VI–VIII, sparse; young foliage orange, maturing to gold in summer before turning bright orange and then deep red in winter; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. Found in Dorset by C. D. Eason named after his favourite jam which is made from the Australian plum of the same name.

‘Golden Hue’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–X; pale yellow foliage, the shoots tipped orange in winter; strong upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 61–75cm. A sport on a wild plant growing on railway bank near Broadstone, Dorset.

‘Golden Sport’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–XI; yellow foliage turning gold and red in winter; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Pruning improves the foliage colour.

‘Golden Striker’

Mauve flowers of little significance, VII–VIII; golden foliage; shoots radiating from the centre of the plant bend down before rising at the tips; height 10cm; spread 25cm. A seedling found at Almondell Nursery (Methven, Perthshire, Scotland) and named after part of John Lewis's score for the film 'No Sun in Venice'.

‘Golden Tee’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–IX; golden foliage in summer deepening to rusty red in winter; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. More vigorous than 'Golden Drop'.

Seedling; collected, perhaps on Sunningdale Golf Course, Surrey, England, by John F. Letts (Foxhollow, Windlesham, Surrey); introduced by John F. Letts by 1972.

Name alludes to the foliage colour, and it possible origin on a golf course.

‘Goldilocks’

Lavender (H3) flowers with white bases; VII–X; foliage golden to lime-green; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm. A sport from 'Eden Valley' found in 1987 by David Edge (Forest Edge Nurseries, Woodlands, Wimborne, Dorset). Registered 22 June 1999: David Malcolm Edge, Forest Edge Nurseries, Woodlands, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 8LS, England.

‘Grandiflora’

Large purple (H10) flowers, VII–VIII, freely produced in long spikes; dark green foliage; broad erect habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm.

Commercially available in England about 1867 from Robert Veitch & Sons (Coombe Wood Nurseries, Exeter, Devon, England)

Named from grandiflorus = large-flowered

‘Guernsey Lime’

Purple (H10) flowers, VI–VIII; lime-green foliage, shading bronze in winter; tight prostrate habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Like 'Guernsey Plum' and 'Guernsey Purple', suitable for sink-gardens and small rockeries.

‘Guernsey Pink’

Heliotrope (H12) flowers, VI–VIII; dark green foliage; somewhat erect; height 16–20cm; spread 26–30cm.

‘Hardwick’s Rose’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–XI; dark green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. A showy plant.

Thought to be a seedling, perhaps from 'Startler' crossed with 'Atrorubens'; found by R. E. Hardwick (Newick, Sussex, England) in his nursery; introduced by Hardwicks Nursery before 1965.

Named after the finder, Ronald Eustace Hardwick (d. 1999; Bulletin of The Heather Society 5 (17): 13 (1999)), and the flower colour.

‘Harry Fulcher’

Bi-coloured flowers white at base and mauve (H2) at mouth, VI–VIII, very profuse; bright green foliage; vigorous; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

Seedling; found by B. G. (Jack) London before 1977 in his garden at Taverham, Norwich, Norfolk, England; introduced by Neil Brummage (Heathwoods Nursery, Norfolk) as 'Eden Valley Improved' in 1978; re-named in 1981 at Jack London's request.

Named in memory of a fellow heather enthusiast and friend.

‘Heatherbank’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–IX, becoming white at the base; dark green foliage; upright; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Heathfield’

Amethyst (H1) flowers for a long period, VII–XI; dark green foliage; loose habit; height 26–30cm; spread 61–75cm.

‘Heidebrand’

Ruby (H5) flowers, VII–VIII; dark green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 26–30cm. Good garden-worthy plant.

‘Hermann Dijkhuizen’

Pure purple flowers, VII–VIII, in long spikes; green foliage; broad spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Collected in Peñas de Europa, Asturias, northern Spain, and named after the finder.

‘Honeymoon’

Very pale lilac – almost white – flowers, VII–VIII, in small spikes; pale green foliage; slow growing, prostrate; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm Suitable for sink-gardens and small rockeries. Found near Lochinver, north-west Scotland.

‘Hookstone Lavender’

Lavender (H3) flowers, VII–XI; mid-green foliage; rather straggly habit unless well pruned; height 31–45cm; spread 61–75cm.

‘Hubertal’

Amethyst(H1) flowers; VII-IX; foliage light green; habit open erect; height 30cm; spread 30cm. Less floriforous and taller than 'Maxchan'. Of French descent.

‘Hutton’s Seedling’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–IX, profuse, with large petaloid sepals half the length of the corolla; dark green foliage; compact habit; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Unusual and attractive.

‘Iberian Beauty’

Deep mauve (H2) flowers, VIII–IX; mid-green foliage; distinctive prostrate, creeping habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found on cliffs near Santander, north-eastern Spain, by C. Brighton (Berkhamstead, London, England); introduced by Holden Clough Nursery (Bolton-by-Bowland, Lancashire) in 1981.

Name alludes to its country of origin.

‘Janet’

Shell-pink (H16) flowers, VI–X; light green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 26–30cm. Deserves to be more widely grown.

Wild-collected: from Hamel Down or Hunter's Tor, Devon, or Trink Hill, Cornwall, England, collected by Miss M. B. G. Waterer (Eden Valley', Ludgvan, Cornwall) about 1941; introduced by Knap Hill nursery (Woking, Surrey) by 1960.

Named after a Scottish friend of Miss Waterer.

‘Jersey Wonder’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–IX; leaves dark green in lower part and yellow towards tips; open habit; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. Distinctive. Found by David McClintock at Jardin d'Olivet, Jersey.

‘Jiri’

(H10) flowers, VI–X, in long spikes; dark green foliage; bushy upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Found at Montendre in the Charente, between Bordeaux and Cognac, France, by N. Nagels (Kalmthout, Belgium) in 1977 and named after his son.

‘John Ardron’

Crimson (H13) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; compact habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. Named after a prominent member of The Heather Society.

‘John Eason’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–X; gold foliage in summer turning bronze in winter; height 21–25cm; spread 61–75cm.

Wild-collected; found near Broadstone, Dorset, England, by C. D. Eason of Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset); introduced by Maxwell & Beale in 1933.

Named after another son of Charles Eason (see under Erica cinerea 'C. D. Eason') (Yearbook of the Heather Society 4 (1): 32-34 (1993)).

‘Jos’s Golden’

Purple (H10) flowers, VII–IX; golden foliage turning red in winter; broad upright habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. More floriferous than 'Constance'. A sport found in J. G. Flecken's garden, Kerkrade, The Netherlands, during 1988 on a plant that had been collected in the wild at Lande de Frehel, Brittany, France. Registered 23 December 1993: J. G. Flecken, Kerkrade, Netherlands.

‘Joseph Murphy’

Purple (H10) flowers, VI–X, profuse and for a long period; dark green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Collected by Joseph Murphy on Bray Head, County Wicklow, Ireland.

‘Josephine Ross’

Deep rose-pink (H7) flowers, VI–X; mid-green foliage; compact spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 61–75cm. Outstanding. Hardy. Named after a gardener at John F. Lett's nursery.

‘Joyce Burfitt’

Distinctive dusky rose-pink (H7/H13) flowers, VI–VIII; dull grey-green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 26–30cm. Found near Sandford, Wareham, Dorset, by Joyce Burfitt.

‘Jubilee’

Flowers single, pink; VI-IX; foliage gold; habit broad; height 20 cm. Introduced by Glynwern Heather Nurseries, Cilcennin Lampeter, Dyfed, Wales, in 1997.
Ref: Glynwern Heather Nurseries catalogue, 1997.

‘Katinka’

Deep beetroot (H9) flowers, VI–X; glaucous green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm. A Dutch selection which is more compact than 'Velvet Night'.

‘Kerry Cherry’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; compact upright habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found in the demesne of Sir Hugh Nugent at Leaghillaun, County Kerry, Ireland, about 1975; introduced through the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, by Dr Charles Nelson.

Named after the Irish county where it was found, and the flower colour.

‘Knap Hill Pink’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Outstanding. Introduced by Waterer's Knap Hill Nursery.

‘Lady Skelton’

Pale ruby (H5) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; neat habit; height 10–15cm; spread 10–15cm.

‘Lavender Lady’

Pale mauve (H2/H12) flowers, VII–IX, in long spikes; dark green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 61–75cm. Found in Cornwall.

‘Lila Fee’

Flowers lilac; VII-VIII; foliage dark green; habit compact, upright. Seeding; selection from a sequence of seedlings from a deliberate cross by Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany). Registered on 14 December 2001 by Kurt Kramer.

‘Lilac Time’

Lavender (H3) flowers, VII–VIII, sparse; bright green foliage; height 10–15cm; spread 21–25cm.

‘Lilacina’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–XI; bright green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Lime Soda’

Soft lavender (H3) flowers, VI–X, profuse; lime-green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. A very attractive plant.

Seedling; found by B. G. (Jack) London (Taverham, Norwich, Norfolk, England); introduced by Neil Brummage (Heathwoods Nursery, Taverham, near Norwich, Norfolk) in 1978.

Name alludes to the foliage colour.

‘Little Anne’

Flowers profusely with bright purple blossoms (H10) which entirely smother the plant. Compact low plant with green foliage, very slow growing. Little cutting material is available.

Wild-collected; found near Killybegs, County Donegal, Ireland, by Mrs Eileen Porter about 1969; introduced by P. J. Foley, Holden Clough Nursery (Bolton-by-Bowland, Lancashire, England).

Named after Anne Dobbin, Mrs Eileen Porter's granddaughter (see also Calluna vulgaris 'Anne Dobbin').

‘Lorna Anne Hutton’

Deep magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX, profuse; dark green foliage; tidy habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Found in Glenogle, Perthshire, Scotland, and named after the daughter of the introducer.

‘Margaret Bowerman’

Flowers heliotrope.

Seedling; found at Champs Hill, Cold Waltham, West Sussex, England, by Mrs C. Mary Bowerman in August 1985.

Named after the finder's mother-in-law, Mrs Alfred Bowerman of Champs Hill (d. 1985).

‘Mark’

Corolla and calyx “rosa” (H12 heliotrope); VII-XI; foliage dark green; habit upright; height 40cm; spread 40cm in 3 years.

Chance seedling, selected at Geldern by Johannes van Leuven in August 2007.

Named after Markus van Leuven, one of Johannes van Leuven’s sons.

® E.2010:10 registered on 30 October 2010 by Johannes van Leuven, Geldern, Germany.

‘Maxchan’

Flowers amethyst (H1); VI-IX; foliage dark green, habit erect; height 20cm; spread 40cm. French origin.

‘May Gold’

Flowers deep pink; foliage deep gold in spring and early summer; habit erect with curling stems. A seedling found on his nursery by John L. Jones, Glywern Nursery, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Dyfed, Wales, in 1993.

‘Michael Hugo’

Intense magenta (H14) flowers, VII–X; dark green foliage; vigorous spreading habit; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

Possible seedling; introduced by Knap Hill nursery (Woking, Surrey, England) by 1970.

Named after Donald Waterer's younger son.

‘Miss Waters’

Glowing amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–XI; dark green foliage; height 31–45cm; spread 61–75cm. It can have an untidy habit but in bloom is outstanding. Almost a bi-colour, with the process the other way round, as buds open white and blooms turn lilac-purple [RHS 78A].

Introduced by J. F. Letts before 1963.

Name unknowned.

‘Molly Rose’

Deep rose-pink flowers (H7) verging onto cerise (H6), single, VII-IX; corolla urn shaped 6mm long x 4mm across; calyx, anthers, and style-end ruby (H5); calyx length 3 mm; foliage dark green; new growth bright green; habit compact.

Wild-collected, found in August 2013 in the vicinity of Frencham, Surrey, by Molly Rose Hall.

® E.2014:03 registered on 3 November 2014 by John Hall, John Hall Plants Ltd, Headley Down, Hampshire, UK.

‘Mrs Dill’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–VIII; dark green foliage; neat; height 10–15cm; spread 16–20cm.

Seedling collected on Skye by Mrs. E. M. Dill (Hereford, Worcester, England) about 1909. Offered for sale as early as 1925 by the Daisy Hill Nursery (Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland) and then by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset, England) in 1929.

Named after the finder.

‘Mrs E. A. Mitchell’

Glowing magenta (H14) flowers, VII–VIII, very profuse; dark green foliage; open erect habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Found by Herbert Mitchell (Yorkshire) as a seedling in a bed of 'Eden Valley' and named after his wife.

‘Mrs Ford’

Deep rose-pink (H7) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; bushy; height 16–20cm; spread 26–30cm.

Possible Seedling; found by Robert Hayes (Grasmere, Cumbria, England) and introduced by him in 1947.

‘My Love’

Striking amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–X; dark green foliage; spreading habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. The unusual flower colour is similar to 'Vivienne Patricia'.

‘Nellie Dawson’

Flowers mauve (h2); VII-IX; foliage dark green; habit bushy; height 25cm; spread 45cm.

Seedling; found by Stanley Dawson in his garden at Sandal, Yorkshire, England, during the 1970s.

Named after finder's wife.

‘Neptune’

Cerise flowers, in upright, cylindrical spikes to 10cm long; VII–IX; foliage mid-green; height 60cm; spread 60cm. A seedling found within 70 yards of the Pacific Ocean on Neptune Avenue, Fort Bragg, California, U.S.A.Named after the place where it was found. Registered on 27 October 2001 by Edith M. Davies.

‘Nessie’

Striking purple (HIO) flowers; VI-VIII; foliage mid-green; habit: spreading; height 15cm; spread 30cm after 3 years. Wild-collected in Scotland in 2004 by Margareta Dahlin and Brita Johansson. We "took cuttings ... from a plant with a striking purple colour, hoping that it would prove hardier than cultivars from south England. So far it has behaved very well".

Nessie is the name of the Dahlins' Portuguese water-dog: "Of course Loch Ness is in the background."

® E.2008:05 registered on 12 May 2008 by Margareta Dahlin, Varnhem, Sweden.

‘Newick Lilac’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–X; mid-green foliage; upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 75–100cm. Introduced by Hardwick's Nursery (Newick, East Sussex).

‘Next Best’

Rose-pink (H7) flowers, VI–X; grey-green foliage irregularly flecked with red and yellow; height 26–30cm; spread 61–75cm.

A sport from 'C. G. Best'; found by David McClintock at Bracken Hill, Platt, Kent, England, in 1971; introduced by G. Yates (Far Sawrey, Ambleside, Cumbria) in 1980.

A punning name, alluding to the parent plant.

‘Nocturne’

Flowers beetroot; VIII-X; foliage very dark green; habit a minute plant similar to Erica cinerea 'Dark Clouds' (also raised by John Proudfoot) which is taller; A seedling raised by John Proudfoot, Methven Perthshire, Scotland.

‘Novar’

Soft lavender flowers, VII–IX, sepals red; dark green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected sport; found on a plant on the Novar Estate, Ross-shire, Scotland; introduced by W. A. Cadman (Woodside Nursery, Blackpark, Inverness, Scotland).

Named after the place where it was found.

‘Ogmund’

Flower pedicels and sepals dark red, corolla bicoloured, amethyst (HI) at base shading to white and back to amethyst at lobes: VII-VIII: foliage dark green with mid-green tips in spring: habit open, upright: height 20cm: spread 15-20cm. Found as a seedling by Mrs Petterssen in July 1993 on the island of Misje, west of Bergen, Norway. Named after her late friend, the poet Olav H. Hauge (d. 1994) who wrote "Ogmund rides home". Ogmund was a 13th century merchant-venturer from Mrs Petterssen's village who became a Crusader in Jerusalem. Registered 10 October 1995: Mrs E. B. Petterssen, Otervei 16, 5045 Skjoldtun, Norway.

‘Old Rose’

Pale rose-pink (H7) flowers, VI–VIII; dark green foliage; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. A good ground-cover plant, collected in Devon by John Letts and his wife.

‘P. S. Patrick’

Purple (H10) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; upright; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm Recommended.

Wild-collected; found in Dorset, England, by P. S. Patrick in 1928, and introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset) in 1930.

Named after Paul Spurgeon Patrick (c. 1892-1974) who was, at the time of discovery, employed by Maxwell & Beale. Later he was Editor of the Yearbook of The Heather Society.

‘Pallas’

Purple (H10) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; vigorous; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm.

A plant of unknown origin, available before 1970 from Dutch nurseries under the name 'Pallida'; named by H. J. van de Laar in 1970.

Pallas is derived from pallidus = pale.

‘Pallida’

Lilac (H4) flowers, VII–IX; mid-green foliage; vigorous bushy habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset, England) used this name for a plant they introduced in 1921. However the same name had been employed as early as 1826 by Conrad Loddiges (Hackney, London).

Named from pallidus = pale. A plant marketed under this name in Holland was renamed 'Pallas'.

‘Paul’s Purple’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–X, in spikes up to 12cm long; dark green foliage; vigorous bushy habit; height 25cm; spread 60cm. Found by Paul Pacilly Alphen at Limburg, Belgium, in 1983.

‘Peñaz’

Bright ruby flowers, VII–VIII, profuse; dark green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Recommended. A sport from 'C. D. Eason' found by J. Peñaz, Chief of the State Nursery, Litomysl, Czech Republic.

‘Pentreath’

Beetroot (H9) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; neat carpeter; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Outstanding. Named after a village in Cornwall.

‘Pink Foam’

Pale shell-pink (H16) flowers, VI–XI; dark green foliage; neat habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm.

Probable seedling; found by John F. Letts (Foxhollow, Windlesham, Surrey, England); introduced by J. F. Letts by 1970.

Name alludes to the flower colour.

‘Pink Ice’

Rose-pink (H7) flowers, VII–XI; dark green foliage; dwarf twiggy habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Ideal companion for 'Godrevy' and very suitable for growing in tubs, window boxes or sinks.

‘Plummer’s Seedling’

Bright ruby (H5) flowers, VI–XI; dark green foliage; loose habit; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

Seedling; found by J. E. B. Plummer in his garden, Fiddlestone Lodge, Burton on The Wirral, Cheshire, England, before 1959; propagated and introduced by Liverpool Botanic Gardens, Ness, Cheshire, by 1966.

Named after the finder, Edward Plummer.

‘Promenade’

Ruby-red flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. Similar to 'Discovery' but not so tall. Found by S. Ketelaar in his garden 1993 Netherlands.

‘Prostrate Lavender’

Lavender (H3) flowers, VII–IX; mid-green foliage; compact; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

Introduced by 1968.

Name alludes to habit and flower colour.

‘Providence’

Bright ruby (H5) flowers, VII–VIII; glossy deep green foliage; spreading habit; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. Found by Herman Blum and named after the monastery at Steenwijkerwold, The Netherlands.

‘Purple Beauty’

Glowing amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–XI; dark green foliage; vigorous; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

Wild-collected; found in Cornwall, England, 'whilst on one of our rambles' by Mr & Mrs J. F. Letts (Windlesham, Surrey); introduced by J. F. Letts by 1966.

Name alludes to the flower colour.

‘Purple Robe’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–VIII; mid-green foliage; compact; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Purple Spreader’

Purple flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; vigorous spreading habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

Introduced by 1985.

Name alludes to the flower colour and habit.

‘Purpurea’

Deep amethyst (H1) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; bushy habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. A nineteenth-century selection.

Introduced by 1800.

Name from purpureus = purple.

‘Pygmaea’

Deep rose-pink (H7) flowers, VI–VIII, sparse; dark green foliage; dwarf; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm.

Introduced by G. Reuthe Ltd (Keston, Kent, England) by 1908.

Named from pygmaeus = dwarf.

‘Red Pentreath’

Rich ruby (H5) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; compact erect habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Robert Michael’

Bright magenta (H14) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; erect; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Rock Pool’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–VIII, very sparse; golden yellow foliage turning orange-red in winter; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm.

Wild-collected sport on a normal plant; found by J. F. Letts on Sunningdale Golf Course, Surrey, England; introduced by J. Hall (Windlesham, Surrey) in 1972.

‘Rock Ruth’

Purple (H10) flowers, VIII–X; dark green foliage; spreading, prostrate; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Found near Mullion, Cornwall, but first introduced in The Netherlands.

‘Romantic Scotland

Flowers bicoloured, white at base, shading to lavender (H3) and purple (H10) at tips, in spikes to 5-6cm long; VII-X; foliage fresh, dark green; habit upright, approx 20x30cm.

Chance seedling at Speyside Heather Centre; selected for naming in 2002 to mark the pop-star Madonna's second wedding anniversary. Registered on 11 December 2003 by David Lambie.

‘Romiley’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–XI; dark green foliage; neat ground cover; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

Possible seedling; introduced by Dingle Hollow Nursery (Stockport, Cheshire, England) by 1963.

Named after a village near Stockport, Cheshire.

‘Rose Queen’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; vigorous and spreading; height 26–30cm; spread 61–75cm. Similar to 'Rosy Chimes'.

Wild-collected; found on a mountainside near Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, by Tom Smith (Daisy Hill Nurseries, Newry).

Name alludes to the flower colour.

‘Rosea ‘

Heliotrope (H12) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; spreading habit; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm. Similar to 'Splendens' but pre–dates it by half a century.

‘Rosea Splendens’

Large crimson flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; compact erect habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Rosita’

Pink rose(H7) flowers; VII-IX; foliage dark green; habit compact erect; height 20cm; spread 30cm.

‘Rosy Chimes’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX, profuse; dark green foliage; compact, spreading habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Outstanding.

Available widely in the U.K. under the name 'Rosabella'.

Because 'Rosabella' has been used for a clone which may still be in cultivation (although it is believed to be extinct), the same name cannot be applied to an obviously distinct one. A new name is needed and this is provided here.

‘Roter Kobold’

Pink-red flowers; VII–VIII; foliage dark green; habit upright. Selection made by Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany). Registered on 14 December 2001 by Kurt Kramer.

‘Rozanne Waterer’

Ruby (H5) flowers with a dusky overtone, VI–X, sparse; dark green foliage; prostrate; height 10–15cm; spread 21–25cm.

Wild-collected, found in Cornwall, England, by Mr & Mrs D. Waterer (Bagshot, Surrey) in 1951; introduced by Knap Hill nursery (Woking, Surrey) by 1962.

Named after Donald Waterer's wife.

‘Ruby’

Beetroot (H9) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; vigorous but tidy carpeter; height 31–45cm; spread 61–75cm. Outstanding.

Possible seedling; introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset, England) in 1930.

Named after one of Maxwell & Beale's staff.

‘Sandford Heritage’

Flowers purple, densely clustered in fascicles on short lateral shoots; corolla small, obovoid, elongated to 5mm long, less that 1.5mm across towards base, sepals up to 8, stamens absent, style malformed and emergent; VII-VIII; foliage dark green.

Wild-collected; and aberrant form found on 28 September 2009 on Sandford Heath(SY 93727 90374), near Wareham, Dorset, by Dr. J. F. Wright; the original plant is still alive at that place, 2 october 2011.

® E.2011:02  registered on 4 October 2011 by Dr. J. F. Wright.

‘Sandpit Hill’

Rose-pink (H7) flowers, VII–IX; mid-green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. A striking plant when in full bloom.

‘Screel’

Amethyst flowers, VII–IX; gold foliage in summer darkening to orange-red in winter; compact, near prostrate habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Found on Screel Hill near Threave, Castle Douglas, Scotland.

‘Sea Foam’

Lilac (H4) flowers, VI–IX; mid-green foliage; rather open habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Sherry’

Ruby (H5) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; compact habit; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm. Found in Cornwall by John Letts and named after one of his dogs (see also 'Cindy').

‘Smith’s Lawn’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–VIII; mid-green foliage; rather open habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Named after the polo field in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire.

‘Spicata’

Pinkish purple flowers, VI–VII, small, in short spikes; dark green foliage; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

Introduced by 1830s, and in commerce in 1870s, but whether the clone grown under this name today is the same as the nineteenth centruy plants is debatable.

Named after latin spicatus = bearing a spike.

‘Splendens’

Deep heliotrope (H12) flowers, VI–X; mid-green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 61–75cm.

Seedling; raised by Georg Arends (Wuppertal, Germany) by 1914; introduced by Arends in 1920.

Named from splendens = brilliant.

‘Startler’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; large carpeter; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

Possible eedling; introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset, England) in 1934.

‘Stephen Davis’

Bright magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; neat habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. Found on Marley Common, Haslemere, Surrey, by Peter Davis and named after his son.

‘Strawberry Bells’

Dusky lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–VIII, profuse; dark green foliage; upright habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Sue Lloyd’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage, the shoots tipped pink; compact; height 16–20cm; spread 26–30cm. A sport from 'Rose Queen', to which it reverts, and named after a worker at Greenacres Nursery, Worcestershire, who found it there.

‘Summer Gold’

Glowing magenta (H14) flowers, VII–X; gold foliage in summer becoming greener during winter; upright; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. An attractive plant.

Seedling among 'C. D. Eason'; found by Clive Benson in his garden at Farington, Preston, Lancashire, England; introduced by C. Benson by 1978.

Name lludes to the foliage colour.

‘Sun Cushion’

Flowers rose-pink (H7); VII-XI; foliage golden in Summer deepening to orange in winter; habit compact spreading; height 20cm; spread 70cm. Sport on Erica cinerea 'Pink Ice' found in 1992 at Carn Nurseries by Pat Glass, originally given the illegitimate name Erica cinerea 'Golden Wonder'. Registered 20 January 1998: P. Glass, Carn Nurseries, 58 Tirkane Road, Maghera, Co. Derry BT46 SAG, Northern Ireland.

‘Ted Oliver’

Bi-coloured flowers purple bases and white mouths, VI–XI; deep green foliage; semi-erect; height 40cm. The reverse of the "normal" bi-colours in bell heathers.

Collected in at Lettergesh, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

Named after Dr E. G. H. Oliver.

® E.2008:08 registered by Susie Kay, Lettergesh, County Galway, Ireland.

‘Tessa’

Flowers purple; V-VII; foliage dark green, habit open. A seedling found by H. Ballyantyne of Netherfield nurseries, Dumfries.

‘Tilford’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–XI; mid-green foliage; neat spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Named after the village in Surrey.

‘Tobi’

Corolla and calyx dark red (H5 ruby–H6 cerise); VII-XI; foliage dark green; habit upright; height 40cm; spread 40cm in 3 years.

Chance seedling, selected at Geldern by Johannes van Leuven in August 2007.

Named after Tobias van Leuven, one of Johannes van Leuven’s sons.

® E.2010:11 registered on 30 October 2010 by Johannes van Leuven, Geldern, Germany.

‘Tom Waterer’

Unusual pale cerise (H6) flowers, VI–X; dark green foliage; neat habit; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Underwood Pink’

Pale pink (H8) flowers, VI–X; mid-green foliage; compact; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Formerly named 'Carnea, Underwood's Variety'. Not reliably hardy, can be damaged in severe winters

‘Uschie Ziehmann’

Rose-red flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. A sport from 'Pink Ice' and has a similar habit.

‘Velvet Night’

Deep beetroot (H9) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; upright; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

‘Victoria’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage, shoots tipped chocolate in winter; neat habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found near Broadstone, Dorset, England, by an employee of Maxwell & Beale in 1923, and then introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset, England) in 1925.

Probably named after the person who collected it, a member of Maxwell & Beale's staff.

‘Violacea’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–VIII; dark green foliage; bushy; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Plants with this name were in cultivation in USA by 1943, but whether the present clone is in any way connected must be doubtful. Note Waitz (1805) had Erica cinerea var flora violaceo, but that name is invalid and is most unlikely to have been the origin of the name employed in the 1940s.

Name is from Latin violaceus = violet

‘Violetta’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, VI–VIII; dark green foliage; vigorous spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Of Dutch origin.

‘Vivienne Patricia’

Lilac pink (H11) flowers, VII–IX; mid-green foliage; neat habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. Collected in Cornwall by John F. Letts and his wife and named after her.

‘West End’

Beetroot flowers, VI–IX; dark green foliage; neat spreading but compact habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Named after the village in Surrey.

‘Windlebrooke’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–IX; golden yellow foliage in summer turning orange-red in winter; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found on Sunningdale Golf Course, Surrey, England, by John Letts; introduced by John F. Letts (Windlesham, Surrey) in 1972.

Named after Windle Brook, a stream near Windlesham.

‘Wine’

Dull pale ruby (H5) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.

Named alludes to the flower colour.

‘Yule Fire’

Flower single, corolla & calyx amethyst HI; VII-X; foliage shoots with bicoloured golden ends with brilliant glossy red inner leaves, colours deepen to orange and red in winter cold; habit compact spreading height 20cm; spread 40cm.

Sport on 'Atropurpurea', found by Ken Hutchins at Oregon Rhododendrons, Corvalis, USA, in 1994. "Distinctive bicolored foliage gives winter foliage color in areas that can not grow Calluna. The red is much more brilliant than other gold" bell heathers.

® E.2008:01 registered on 24 January 2008 by K. Hutchins, Mossyrock, WA, USA.