Erica vagans f. aureifolia : foliage yellow or golden

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).


‘Cornish Gold’

Flowers off-white; VIII-XI; foliage gold in summer, turning lime-green; habit compact;
Sport on 'Cornish Cream'  found by Mr Watson of Callender Propagators, Scotland, and named and introduced by him.

‘Diana’s Gold’

White flowers, IX–XI; bright gold foliage throughout the year; slow-growing; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Similar to 'Valerie Proudley'.

Seedling; found about 1984 by H. H. Lunn at Crail Nurseries (Newstead Abbey Park, Linby, Nottinghamshire, England); introduced by Crail Nurseries in 1987.

Named after the finder's wife, Diana M. Lunn.

 

‘Valerie Proudley’

White flowers, IX–XI, sparse; dull golden foliage, with bright yellow young shoots in spring, turning bright green in winter; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Subject to windburn particularly in winter and spring and may revert to dull green foliage.

Sport on a normal plant with white flowers (E. vagans f. alba); found at Aldenham Heather Nursery (Watford, Hertfordshire, England) by Brian W. Proudley in 1965; introduced by Aldenham Heather Nursery in 1968.

Named after the raiser's wife.

‘Yellow John’

Lilac flowers (H4), VIII–X; bright yellow foliage, acquiring a pink tinge with age; vigorous; height 31–45cm; spread 31–45cm. More vigorous than'Valerie Proudley' and is thought to be more hardy.

Found by J. B. A. Dekker (Mijdrecht, Netherlands) in 1982; introduced by P. G. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop, Netherlands) in 1986.

Named after Jan Dekker, the finder and alluding to the foliage colour.