Erica mackayana : flowers with additional ‘petals’ (‘semi-double’ to ‘double’) (f. multiplicata)

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).


‘Ann D. Frearson’

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–IX, semi-double; mid-green foliage; broad compact habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm.

‘Maura’

Heliotrope (H12) flowers, VII–IX, profuse, semi-double; mid-grey-green foliage; most hairs without glandular tips; erect habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Found by Miss Maura Scannell near Carna, County Galway, Ireland.

‘Plena’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VII–X, double and packed with extra "petals" to the point of bursting; dark green foliage; neat habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Suitable for ground-cover. first collected in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland, more than a century ago, and refound on a number of occasions.

‘William McCalla’

Lilac-pink (H11) flowers, VII–IX; dark green foliage; spreading habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. This is fairly typical of the plants of Mackay's heath seen in Connemara, and it is named after the schoolmaster who first drew the attention of botanists to this species in the 1830s. However, there is no evidence it has any direct connection with him. Often listed as 'William M'Calla'.