Erica tetralix foliage yellow (f. aureifolia)

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).


‘Achill Gold’

Flowers small, lilac pink above (Hll), fading almost to white underneath; VII-VIII; foliage sometime plain green, some leaves pale yellow, others yellow underneath or yellow at tips, yellow colouring appears on sides of shoots but not in any regular manner but looking as if the shoots are "sun burnt". Leaves small, largest to 0.4cm long, less than 0.1cm across, with tightly recurved margins so that lower surface is not visible, with woolly hairs on upper side, without marginal cilia or with a few only towards tip. Hairs not glandular. Stems with short woolly hairs; habit low-growing, somewhat sprawling; height 10cm.
Collected by Aidan Brady on Achill Island, Ireland, in August 1969, and since then cultivated at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. Registered 7 November 1998: E. C. Nelson, Tippitiwitchet Cottage, Hall Road, Outwell, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 8PE, England.

‘Con’s Gold’

Flowers magenta; foliage green with gold tips in spring and early summer; habit erect. A sport on 'Con Underwood' found by John L. Jones, Glywern Nursery, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Dyfed, Wales, in 1993.

‘Derry Gold’

VIII–IX; may be slightly more gold than 'Ruth's Gold' but hasn't come up to expectations'.

Wild-collected; found on Derry Cairngorm, Scotland, by James Mackay (Dellside, Blairdaff, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire) by 1995.

Named after the mountain on which it was found and the foliage colour.

‘Renate’

Pink flowers, VII–IX; yellow foliage; cushion-like; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Found by H. Buchtmann (Varel, Germany) in 1985.

‘Ruth’s Gold’

Pink (H8) flowers, VIII–IX; yellowish foliage in spring and summer, becoming lime-green with gold tips later; height 16–20cm; spread 26–30cm. Collected on Goonhilly Downs, Cornwall, by Jack Platt and named after his wife.

‘Swedish Yellow’

Pale rose-pink (H7) flowers, VII–IX; yellow-green foliage deepening to rich yellow with reddish tips in winter; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. This plant performs best in exposed, harsh conditions.