Erica x watsonii

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).


‘Allen Hall’

Flowers mauve (H2); V/VI-X; corolla urn-shaped; calyx green; foliage downy, green; habit spreading; height 20cm; spread 30cm after 2 years. Differs in being very floriferous, early flowering and repeat-flowering.

Wild-collected, found by Steve Yandall in 2007 on Ventongimps Moor, Cornwall; selected in 2009 by Steve Yandall.

Named (with his consent) after Allen Hall, Vice-President of The Heather Society.

® E.2009:05 registered on 29 September 2009 by Stephen James Yandall, Germoe, Cornwall.

‘Cherry Turpin’

Pale pink (H8/H16) flowers, VI–X, in long spikes; grey-green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm. Recommended. Named after the finder.

‘Claire Elise’

Flowers deep magenta-pink (amethyst Hl[— H12]), in short racemes; VII-X; foliage dark green, hirsute, cilia glandular; leaves in whorls of 3 or 4 or spirally arranged, pubescent when young, becoming almost glabrous; shoots with golden tips in Spring; stems hirsute with long, gland-tipped hairs, and dense, short hairs; internodes beneath racemes increase in length upwards; habit compact to 15cm tall, spread to 40cm across.
Selected seedling from deliberate cross of Erica ciliaris 'Corfe Castle' x Erica tetralix 'Con Underwood', made on 1 August 1982; first flowered in 1987; bred and selected by Dr John Griffiths. Registered on 3 October 2006 by Dr John Griffiths, Garforth, Yorkshire.

‘Dawn’

Deep pink (H1/H8) flowers, VII–X; greyish green foliage, with gland-tipped hairs, the young shoots with red tips in spring, turning golden later; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found on moors near Wareham, Dorset, England, by D. F. Maxwell (Corfe Mullen, Dorset) about 1922-1923, found at the same time as 'Gwen'; introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset) in 1925.

Named after a niece of H. E. Beale.

‘Dorothy Metheny’

Pale lilac flowers darkening with age, VI–X; bright green foliage, the young shoots tipped yellow in spring; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Named after a Vice-President of The Heather Society.

‘Dorset Beauty’

Pale lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–X; mid-green foliage; height 16–20cm; spread 46–60cm. One of the more floriferous selections of Watson's heath.

‘F. White’

White flowers with shell-pink (H16) tips, VII–X; mid-green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Found on Wych Heath, Wareham, Dorset, by F. White, who worked for Maxwell & Beale's nursery.

‘Gwen’

Pink (H8) flowers with white bases, VII–X; dark green foliage, the young shoots tipped red in spring; open spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Found near Wareham, Dorset, by D. Fyfe Maxwell and named after a niece of H. E. Beale.

‘H. Maxwell’

Mauve (H2) flowers, VII–XI; mid-green foliage, young shoots are orange-bronze in spring turning yellow later; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Collected near Wareham, Dorset, and named after the finder's father.

‘Mary’

Purple (H10) flowers, VI–XI; deep green foliage, young shoots tipped yellow in spring; broad erect habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. The first Watson's heath to found in France, and named after Mary Flecken, the wife of the finder.

‘Rachel’

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–X; dark green foliage; eventually forms a large dome; height 31–45cm; spread 75–100cm.

Wild-collected; found in Dorset, England, by D. Fyfe. Maxwell, and introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset) in 1929.

Named after D. F. Maxwell's daughter, Mrs Rachel Tanner.

‘Truro’

Large pale mauve (H2) flowers, VII–XI; mid-green foliage; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

Watson's heath was originally collected near Truro but there is no proof that this cultivar has any connection with the discovery of the hybrid.

Named after the cathedral city and capital of Cornwall, near which it was collected. Previously named Erica hybrida 'Watsonii'.