Erica tetralix flowers white (f. alba)

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).


‘Alba ‘

White flowers, VI–X; grey-green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. The foliage is less grey than 'Alba Mollis'.

‘Alba Mollis’

White flowers, VI–X; grey-green foliage, shoots tipped silver-grey; compact, upright; height 16–20cm; spread 26–30cm. A nineteenth-century cultivar that is still a firm favourite.

‘Alba Praecox’

White flowers, VI–VIII; greyish foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Blooms earlier than 'Alba Mollis' and has less striking foliage.

‘Bartinney’

White flowers, V–VIII; silver foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. One of the earliest to bloom; collected on Bartinney Hill, Lands End, Cornwall.

‘Dee’

White flowers aging to pale pink, VI–X; silver-grey foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Named after the Dee river in Wales.

‘Hailstones’

White flowers, VI–X, profuse; dark green foliage; compact; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Found near Uig, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.

‘Helen Nicol’

Flowers single, calyx yellow, corolla white: VI-VIII: foliage bright green: habit spreading: height 20cm: spread 40cm. Found as a seedling, by Mr Nicol in July 1984 at MarkHill, Glenapp, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland, and named after his wife. Registered 1 November 1995: Robert D. W. Nicol, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 OBG.

‘Melbury White’

White flowers, VI–X; silver-grey foliage; neat compact habit; height 21–25cm; spread 26–30cm. Found on Melbury Common, Devon.

‘White House’

White flowers, VII–IX; grey-green foliage; compact habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Introduced by N. R. Webster (Glencairn, Elgin, Scotland) in 1959.

Name possibly alluding to the flower colour.