Erica erigena flowers pure 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’

IV–VI, sparse; bright green foliage; height 75–100cm; spread 61–75cm.

‘Brian Proudley’

White flowers; XI–IV, freely borne in long spikes; bright green foliage; vigorous, erect; height 75–100cm; spread 31–45cm. Outstanding.

Possibly a seedling raised by J. W. Porter which was introduced by Brian Proudley. Found in the former garden of J. W. Porter (Carryduff, County Down, Northern Ireland) by Mrs V. Proudley and J. F. Letts in 1968; named by A. W. Jones (Otters' Court, West Camel, Somerset , England) in 1978.

Named in honour of Brian Proudley, the nurseryman who first grew the plant in England.

‘Golden Jubilee’

White flowers, corolla 5–6mm long, to 2mm across, ovoid; calyx 3–4mm; XII-IV; foliage “Golden”; Selected seedling from ‘Golden Lady’, propagated from an individual plant growing in the garden of Susie and Alan Kay, Letterfrack, County Galway, Ireland.

Another plant in Seller’s mother’s garden was 1m tall unpruned after 29 years.

Named to mark the Golden Jubilee of The Heather Society in 2013.

® E.2013:02  registered on 6 September 2013 by B. Sellers, London.

‘Golden Lady’

White flowers, II–IV, sparse; golden yellow foliage throughout the year; slow-growing; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. This is prone to severe windburn in cold windy sites, and also, if planted in a harsh site, to reverting to 'W. T. Rackliff' from which it was a sport.

Introduced by Bressingham Gardens (Diss, Norfolk, England) in 1977; shown at Chelsea Flower Show in 1977.

Name alludes to the foliage colour.

‘Hibernica Alba’

White flowers; III–V; grey-green foliage; compact, erect; height 46–60cm; spread 46–60cm. One of the finest and purest of any of the white heathers and is very free-flowering. It generally blooms during late winter and early spring. It is of Irish origin, and is quite distinct from the tall white continental variety.

Name come from Latin hibernicus = Irish; albus = white.

‘Mrs Parris’s White’

White flowers; II–V; bright green foliage; height 46–60cm; spread 46–60cm.

Seedling from Erica erigena 'W. T. Rackliff'; raised by Mrs Anne Parris (Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales) in 1978; introduced by Mrs B. Evans (Ridgway Heather Nursery, Craven Arms, Shropshire, England).

Named after Mrs Anne Parris.

‘Nana Alba’

White flowers; III–V; mid-green foliage; open habit; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm.  Similar to Erica erigena 'Nana Compacta' but has a more open habit.

Introduced by James Backhouse (York) by 1867.

Named from Latin nanus = dwarf; albus = white. Originally Erica mediterranea nana alba.

‘Nana Compacta’

White flowers; III–V; bright green foliage; height 31–45cm; spread 31–45cm. Flowers more abundant than on 'Alba'.

Name from Latin nanus = dwarf; compactus = compact.

‘W. T. Rackliff ‘

II–VI; rich green foliage; very neat, compact forming a rounded bush; height 61–75cm; spread 46–60cm.