Erica x darleyensis : corolla in various shades of pink (f. darleyensis)

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).

‘Archie Graham’

Pink (H8) flowers darkening to heliotrope with heliotrope (H12) sepals, XII–IV; mid-green foliage; height 46–60cm; spread 46–60cm.

Seedling; raised by J. W. Porter (Carryduff, County Down, Northern Ireland) before 1967; introduced by Hilliers (Winchester, Hampshire, England) before 1973.

Named after one of J. W. Porter's friends and one-time Superintendent of the Belfast Botanic Garden Park.

‘Arthur Johnson’

Pink (H8) flowers darkening to heliotrope (H12), XII–IV, in long spikes and slightly scented; mid-green foliage, the young shoots tipped cream in spring; height 46–60cm; spread 61–75cm. Found at Conway, North Wales, by A. T. Johnson.

‘Aurélie Brégeon’

Large lilac-pink (H11) flowers, X–III; mid-green foliage; height 26–30cm; open habit; spread 46–60cm. Not as hardy as most Darley Dale heaths.

A sport from 'Darley Dale', found at Renens, Switzerland, by Henri Brégeon (Vand, Switzerland) in 1980.

Named after the finder's wife, or second daughter (Yearbook 1991).



Large (to 6mm long) pink (H8) flowers, XI–III, with deep lilac pink (H11) sepals; mid-green foliage; strong but compact habit; height 35cm; spread 60cm. Deliberately raised by Peter Bingham (Gedney, Lincolnshire).

Named after one of his sons, Richard (his nickname is Bert).

® E.2007:12 registered in 2007 by Peter Bingham, Gedney, Lincolnshire, UK.

‘Darley Dale’

Shell-pink (H16) flowers which darken to pink (H8), XI–IV; mid-green foliage, the young shoots with cream tips in spring; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Seedling found in James Smith's Nursery, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, before 1900 – the original clone.


Lilac (H4) flowers I–V; mid-green foliage, young shoots green; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. A seedling found growing in his garden in Ernst, Netherlands, by J. Dogger, c. 1982, and named after the nearby town.


Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, I–V; mid-green foliage; broad upright habit with occasional very long shoots; height 31–45cm; spread 61–75cm. Of German origin.

‘Eva Gold’

Magenta (H14) flowers, I–IV; gold-bronze foliage throughout the year; height 30cm; spread 50cm. A sport from 'Kramers Rote', found at Pépinières Roue-Cadiou (Plouigneau, France).


Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, darkening to heliotrope (H12), XII–V; dark green foliage, the young shoots with pink tips in spring; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm.

Seedling; found at Furzey Gardens (Minstead, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England) by Captain Dalrymple; introduced by John F. Letts (Windlesham, Surrey) by 1963.

Named after the garden in which it originated.

‘George Rendall’

Pink (H8) flowers darkening to heliotrope (H12), XI–V; mid-green foliage, the young shoots tipped red fading to pink and cream; bushy; height 26–30cm; spread 61–75cm. Named after William George Rendall Eason, son of C. D. Eason.

‘Ghost Hills’

Pink (H8) flowers becoming heliotrope (H12), XI–V; light green foliage, the young shoots with cream tips in spring; height 26–30cm; spread 75–100cm.

Sport on Erica x darleyensis  'Darley Dale', or seedling; raised by J. H. Brummage (Heathwoods Nursery, Taverham, near Norwich, Norfolk, England).

Named after a locality near Brummage's nursery (that being Ghost Hill, or Ghosthill).


Corolla pink, calyx pale pink; I-V; foliage green-gold in summer, changing to yellow-gold in winter; habit broad, upright. More vigorous, and foliage less orange than other golden-foliage Erica x darleyensis. Selected in 2003 from a deliberate cross between Erica carnea 'Golden Starlet' and Erica erigena 'Brian Proudley' made in 1996 by David Wilson, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

Name alludes to foliage colour and western North American history; named by Crystal Gillingham (Wilson's Nursery Ltd). registered on 3 August 2004 by David Wilson, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

‘Irish Treasure’

Flowers single; corolla salmon pink; calyx cream; in sturdy upright flower spikes: XI-V; foliage mid-green; habit compact, spreading, floriferous. Differs from other cultivars in its distinct salmon pink flowers, early and long flowering; its habit makes it excellent for containers.

Deliberately raised hybrid; a selection by David Wilson from the cross made by him in 1998 between Erica carnea 'Treasure Trove' and Erica erigena Irish Dusk'; first flowered 2000, selected 2002. Registered on 29 September 2003 by David Wilson. Named by David Small; name derived from the first words in the epithets of the parent cultivars, Erica erigena 'Irish Dusk' and Erica carnea 'Treasure Trove'.

‘J. W. Porter’

Heliotrope (H12) flowers, I–V; dark green foliage, the young shoots with cream and red tips in spring; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Flowering can be rather unreliable. A seedling raised by James Walker Porter (Carryduff, County Down, Northern Ireland).

‘Jack H. Brummage’

Heliotrope (H12) flowers, I–V; yellow-orange foliage throughout the year; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Found by Jack H. Brummage in his nursery at Taverham (Norwich, Norfolk).

‘James Smith’

Deep pink (H8) flowers, darkening to heliotrope (H12), XII–IV; mid-green foliage, the young shoots tipped pink and cream in spring; compact; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm.

Found by James Smith, nurserymen of Darley Dale, Derbyshire.

‘Jenny Porter’

Lilac (H4) flowers, I–V; mid-green foliage with pronounced pale cream tips on the young shoots in spring; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. One of the J. W. Porter's introductions and named after one of his sisters.


Large magenta (H14) flowers, I–IV; dark bronze-green foliage; broad upright habit; height 45cm; spread 60cm.

A sport from 'Kramers Rote'.


Large magenta (H14) flowers, in showy, broad spikes; dark green foliage; height 40cm; spread 60cm. Outstanding: the first heather to be granted The Heather Society's Premier Award. A sport from 'Kramers Rote' which tends to bloom later in spring so its larger blossom suffers less from frost damage.

® E.2007.07 registered 5 June 2007 by Olivier Pantin, SAPHO, Les Islettes, La Menitre, France, on behalf of les Pepinieres Renault, Domaine du Rocher, Gorron, France.

‘Margaret Porter’

Lilac (H4) flowers, XII–V; mid-green foliage, the young shoots have cream tips in spring; neat rounded habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. One of the J. W. Porter's plants, introduced after his death, and named after one of his sisters.

‘Mary Helen’

Pink (H8) flowers, II–IV; yellow-gold foliage in summer, turning bronzing in winter; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Resembles 'Jack H. Brummage', but slower growing and foliage darker and more colourful in benign environments. Recommended.

A seedling found by Peter J. Foley (Holden Clough Nursery, Bolton-by-Bowland, Lancashire, England) by 1980; introduced by Holden Clough Nursery in 1984.

Named after Mr & Mrs Foley's [then] new baby daughter.

‘Michael Sellers’

Flowers corolla magenta (H14), 6mm long x 3mm diameter; calyx magenta (H14), 4mm long; anthers brown; I -IV(V); foliage: mid to dark green; young growth cream; habit: vigorous plant, spreading to 0.6m, to 0.4m tall, after 10 years (not pruned). Similar to Kramers Rote but with brighter flowers and cream new growth.

Origins: Seedling (EES 77-1) raised in 1977 and selected in 1979 by Barry Sellers from among seedlings of Erica erigena ‘Superba’ that had been deliberately cross-pollinated;
pollen parent not recorded but probably Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’.

Named by Barry Sellers after his late father.

® E.2016:03  registered by Barry Sellers, Norbury, England.


Shell-pink (H16) flowers, darkening to pink (H8); XI–IV; foliage bright glowing yellow throughout the year; habit bushy. This sport from 'Darley Dale' does not turn bronze in winter. Found in 1996 by Mike Ayres (Production Manager), Windlesham Court Nursery. Named by Mike Ayres; the name alludes to the plant's "bright yellow glow". Registered on 10 October 2002 by John Hall.

‘Mrs Parris’s Red’

Deep pink flowers, XII–IV; mid-green foliage; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm.

Raised by Mrs Anne Parris (Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales) in 1978; an experiment designed to prove the parentage of this hybrid from an un-named Erica erigena seedling pollinated by Erica carnea 'Myretoun Ruby'; introduced by Mrs B. Evans (Ridgway Heather Nursery, Craven Arms, Shropshire, England).

Named after Mrs Anne Parris (d. 1996; Bulletin of The Heather Society 5 (6): 3 (1995)). Note the name does have a final s after the apostrophe under ICNCP rules.


Corolla rose-pink; calyx rose-pink; X-I; foliage dark green; habit compact, bushy; after 3 years 15cm tall, 25cm across. Chance seedling at Forest Edge Nurseries, in found by David Edge in 2003; believed to be a cross between Erica carnea 'Treasure Trove' and Erica erigena 'Irish Dusk'. Registered on 20 January 2005, by David Edge, Forest Edge Nurseries, Woodlands, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 8LJ.

‘Pink Harmony’ [Adopted name for ‘Pink Magic’]

Flowers: corolla heliotrope (H12, RHS 73B), to 6mm long, 3mm across, calyx shell pink (H16), 3mm long; anthers black, style end cerise (H6); XII-V; foliage: mid-green, with bright green young growth; habit broad, bushy: after 3 year in 40cm tall; spread 40cm (pruned).

Flowers bigger than ‘Winter Treasure’.

Deliberately raised seedling (pollen parent 94-5-39, seed parent 94-5-35) produced by Kurt Kramer, in 2007; selected in 2011.

® E.2016:06 Registered on 18th February 2016 by Kurt Kramer, Edewecht, Germany.

At time of registration as 'Pink Magic' (E.2013.03) stated to be a tetrapod.

‘Pretty Polly’

Flowers single, 10mm x 5mm; corolla lilac pink (Hll), calyx heliotrope (H12); XII-V; foliage very dark green with red tips in spring; habit neat, low, spreading mound; height 25mm; spread 50mm.

Sport on 'W. G. Pine', found in 1997 by Ken Hutchins at Oregon Rhododendrons, Corvalis, USA.

® E.2008:02 registered on 24 January 2008 by K. Hutchins, Mossyrock, WA, USA.

‘Red Summersnow’

Magenta (H14) flowers, I–IV; dark bronze-green and white variegated foliage; height 30cm; spread 50cm. A sport of 'Kramers Rote' but with variegated green and white foliage especially in early summer. Not as vigorous as its parent, but one of the true variegated heathers.


Flowers, corolla and sepals magenta (H14 RHS 68A); XI-IV; foliage dark green; height 25cm; spread 25cm after 3 years.

Seedling raised by Kurt Kramer in 2006.

® E.2009:01 registered on 11 March 2009 by Kurt Kramer, Edewecht, Germany.

‘Spring Surprise’

Dark rose-pink flowers, III–V; dark green foliage without coloured tips on the young shoots in spring; broad upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Selected seedling resulting from the breeding programme of Kurt Kramer in Edewecht-Siiddorf, Germany 1992, and introduced by Kingfisher Nursery, Gedney Hill, Lincolnshire, England, in 1994. Plant Breeders' Rights granted in Germany on 31 March 1995. This is a tetraploid and hence fertile.


Corolla red wine (H 14); I-IV; foliage bright yellow in summer, orange-yellow to orange in Winter "; habit" wide spreading. Sport from 'Kramer's Rote', found by H. Haalboom Sr. in 1997 at Nursery Fa. W. Haalboom and Zn, Driebergen. Registered on 17 September 2006 by Fa. W. Haalboom en Zn, Driebergen, Netherlands.


Flowers mauve to heliotrope (H2 / H12) in spikes to 8cm long, corolla urn-shaped, to 7mm long, maximum width 5mm; calyx dark mauve, to 4mm long; anthers very dark red, fully emergent; II-IV; foliage dark green above, pale green below, to 9mm long, linear; habit upright; height to 45cm tall; spread 35cm after 5 years (not pruned). Differs from ‘Kramers Rote’, more upright habit and more “red”.

Deliberately raised seedling, cross made by Johannes van Leuven in February 2008; selected February 2010; EU-Sortenschutz SR-2 (Torero).

Named after a bullfighter. registered on 6th April 2015 by Johannes van Leuven, Geldern, Germany.

® E.2015:02. registered on 6th April 2015 by Johannes van Leuven, Geldern, Germany.


Magenta (H14) flowers, but does not flower freely; XI–IV; foliage bright golden in summer acquiring orange tints in winter; habit broad, spreading; height 30cm; spread 45cm. A sport from 'Kramers Rote' found about 1996 by Arnold Bakhuyzen at his nursery in Boskoop, Netherlands. Named by Arnold Bakhuysen after the little baby bird in cartoons, because of the golden foliage. Registered on 24 December 2002 by J. G. Flecken.


‘W. G. Pine’

Flowers pink (H8), darkening to heliotrope (H12), XII–IV; dark green foliage, young shoots tipped red in spring; broad habit; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm.

This was the first hybrid produced by J. W. Porter (Carryduff, County Down, Northern Ireland) in 1943. Not as tall and more floriferous than 'Furzey' or 'J. W. Porter'.

‘Winter Surprise’

Large rose flowers, XI–IV; dark green foliage; broad upright habit. A sport from 'Spring Surprise' found by Johannes van Leuven (Geldern, Germany) in November 2004. Registered in December 2005 by Kurt Krammer.

‘Winter Treasure’

Corolla pink; sepals red-brown, buds dark and flowers clear pink; XI-V; foliage dark green; habit loose, upright.

Selected seedling from the deliberate crossing in 1999 of Erica carnea 'Treasure Trove' x Erica erigena 'Irish Dusk'; made, selected and named by David Wilson.

® E.2008:09 registered on 29 November 2008 by Wilson's Nursery Ltd, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.