Erica multiflora

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).


‘Formentor’

White flowers in racemes to 7cm long, pedicels white, c. 1cm long, with 3 bracts about 3mm from base, sepals ovate, aristate, glabrous, white, 2-2. 5mm long, 1mm wide; corolla single, ovate to campanulate, white, 3.5mm long, 2mm wide;  IX–XI, each one on a long, delicate arching stalk; anthers tan;  foliage light green throughout the year, mature foliage light green in summer, mid-green at other seasons, leaves linear, acute, glabrous, c. 8mm long,
1mm wide ; compact rounded habit; height 75-100cm; spread 75-100cm.. Collected by D. J. Small between Casa Vegas and Hotel Formentor, Cap de Formentor, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, on 19 December 1984. Hardy; surviving –8ºC without damage.

Registered 31December 1997: D. J. Small, Denbeigh, All Saints Road, Greeting St Mary, Ipswich , Suffolk IP6 8PJ, England.

 

‘John Tucker’

Flowers in 3s in leaf axils; corolla white, narrow-urceolate, to 4.5mm long, c. 2.5mm diameter (c. 1.5mm at throat); anthers dark brown, exserted a little; calyx and pedicel white; II-V; upright shrub, 0.5(-l)m tall; foliage glossy, dark green.Seedling raised probably in the late 1980s or early 1990s by John R. Tucker (d. July 2006) (Worthing, Sussex); subsequently propagated vegetatively.

The origin of the seed is uncertain: it was said to have come from South Africa, which is highly improbable. The plant was originally labelled "Erica longifolium", but subsequently identified as Erica multiflora. Established here. Registered on 1 October 2006 by The Registrar, The Heather Society.