Erica tetralix f. stellata : flowers held horizontally and arranged evenly in a wheel-like head

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).

‘Helma ‘

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VIII–IX, very free-flowering; grey-green foliage; bushy erect habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. A beautiful heather.

Wild-collected; found on Kampina Heath between Boxtel and Tilburg, Netherlands, by M. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop, Netherlands) in 1965; introduced by P.G. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop) in 1967.

Named after the daughter of M. Zwijnenburg.

‘Helma Variegated’

Lilac-pink(H11) flowers, VIII–IX, very free-flowering; grey-green foliage flecked with gold; bushy erect habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. A sport from 'Helma'.

‘Pink Star’

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–X; grey-green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. The flowers are most distinct, as they are held upright, whilst the type produces drooping terminal clusters.'*

Wild-collected; found in 'a roadside field whilst motoring through Cornwall [England]' by Mr & Mrs J. F. Letts (Foxhollow, Windlesham, Surrey) by 1963.

Name alludes to the flower colour and arrangement.


Flowers beautiful dark pink; foliage grey-green; height 25cm.

Found in 2004 by J. Baron as a seedling in his garden in Nieuw-Weerdinge, Netherlands.

“Stoeke is een aantal van 10 turven twee bij twee opgestapeld” ( ... is a quantity of peat, ten
turves stacked two by two).