Erica manipuliflora

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–X; light green foliage; bark on shoots white; neat, erect; height 75cm–1m; spread 75cm–1m. Suitable for low hedging in milder climates. Found by David Small in a garden hedge at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, but, despite extensive enquiry, its origin is unknown.

‘Bert Jones’

Flowers white; VIII/IX-Xlate August–October; Clone AWJ3 collected in Croatia by the late A. W. Jones.
Named after A. W. Jones, the finder, a keen student of heathers, particularly this species, and formerly the Registrar and Honorary Editor of The Heather Society. Registered on 20 December 2010 by The Registrar, The Heather Society.


Lilac (H4) flowers, IX–XI; mid-green foliage; open, spreading habit with long trailing shoots; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Ideal for trailing over rocks or the sides of troughs. Collected in Dalmatia by A. W. Jones in October 1988.


Lilac-pink flowers, IX–X, in "interrupted" upright spikes; mid-green foliage; upright open habit; height 46–60cm; spread 46–60cm.

Wild-collected; found on Corfu, Greece, by Don Richards (Rydal Mount, Eskdale, Cumbria, England) about 1972.

Named after the Greek island on which it was collected.

‘Don Richards’

Pale pink (H8) flowers, VIII–IX, free flowering; light green foliage; dense and erect; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Hardy. Another clone collected by Don Richards on Corfu.

‘Ian Cooper’

Shell-pink (H16) flowers, X–XII, very abundant; grey-green foliage; spreading habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Hardy.


Pale shell-pink (H16) flowers, IX–XI, larger than normal, in long arching sprays, scented; mid-green foliage; broad and rather open habit; height 46–60cm; spread to more than 1m.

‘Olivia Hall’

Flowers in long racemes, single; sepals light green; corolla broad-campanulate, white in warm climates and indoors, otherwise pale lilac (H4, RHS CC 69D); anthers exserted, dark beetroot (H9); VIII-X; erect habit, up to lm tall; foliage mid-green (RHS CC 137B).
Collected at Lara Bay, Antalya, Turkey, 1 October 1978. Registered 10 October 1996: Mrs Olivia M. E. Hall, Domus, The George Yard, Alresford, Hampshire, England.

‘Swindon Surprise’

Flowers pale pink “with a hint of coral”; corolla translucent; sepals pearly white; anthers dark maroon; style strongly exserted; pedicels dusky red; VII/VIII-XI;

Chance seedling before 2005, most probably from ‘Toothill Mustard’; found by R. Canovan in his garden.

® E.2010:14 registered on 20 December 2010 by Richard Canovan, Toothill, Swindon, Wiltshire.

‘Toothill Mustard’

Flowers heliotrope, with lilac-pink calyx; IX–X; foliage mustard-yellow in spring, becoming brighter in wearly summer before fading to golden green by early winter. A sport (found in 1996 by R. Canovan (Toothill, Swindon)) on unnamed plant collected in Dalmatia by A. W. Jones. The spring foliage colour is close to oil-seed rape; but with the old foliage being greenish and the red stem it looks like mustard pickle. Registered on 23 July 2002 by R. Canovan.