Erica mackayana : corolla pink (f. mackayana )

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).


‘Donegal’

Large magenta (H14) flowers, VI–IX; mid-green foliage; spreading habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; collected at Lough Nacung, County Donegal, Ireland, by David McClintock (Platt, Kent, England) in 1969; introduced by B. & V. Proudley (St Briavels, Gloucestershire).

Named after the county in north-western Ireland, where the clone was collected.

‘Errigal Dusk’

Amethyst (H1) flowers, barrel-shaped, VIII–IX; dark green foliage; strong, upright habit; height 31–45cm; spread 46–60cm. Collected by Dr Charles Nelson at Lough Nacung, County Donegal, Ireland, and named after a nearby mountain.

‘Galicia’

Deep magenta flowers, VII–X, free-flowering; dark green foliage; height 26–30cm; spread 46–60cm. Collected in Galicia, Spain, by David McClintock, Dr Charles Nelson and David Small in 1982.

‘Lawsoniana’

Pale pink (H8) flowers, VII–IX, corolla often with more than 4 lobes, and style short and malformed; green foliage, paler than other cultivars; height 10–15cm; spread 21–25cm. Of obscure origins and certainly not the plant which was originally given the name Erica tetralix subsp. lawsoniana (see Yearbook of The Heather Society 2000: 77–80).

‘Susie’s Blush’

Buds relatively long and narrow, slightly curved; corolla white at base flushed pale pink towards tip (deeper pink in bud); style tip dark red; anthers brown (darker than ‘Shining Light’). Flowers: (June) July–September in cultivation. Bushy heather which responds well to pruning, with vigorous upright shoots to 0.35m tall, to 0.5m across (after 8 years in cultivation; pruned); leaves densely and evenly arranged on shoots, bright green, paler than ‘Shining Light’; marginal cilia may be gland-tipped.

A selection from wild plants growing near Cabo de Peñas, Asturias, northern Spain, noticed by members of The Heather Society during a field trip in 2007.

Named as a compliment to Susie Kay, Conference Manager of The Heather Society, in whose Connemara garden it has been grown, and who has propagated it.

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