Heather of the month December 2018 - Erica x arendsiana ‘Charnwood Pink’

A hybrid between the bell heather (Erica cinerea) and the Corsican heath (Erica terminalis) which was first reported to have been created by Georg Arends. Kurt Kramer also succeeded in producing the same cross and extant clones represent

Blooms throughout autumn and winter into early spring.

One of the clones from Kurt Kramer (Edewecht, Germany), named after a borough in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Toponym: Charnwood is the Loughborough borough in which the Halls' garden is situated. The Borough of Charnwood is named after the ancient Charnwood Forest. The Oxford dictionary of English place names gives the mediaeval version of Charnwood as "Cernewoda" meaning "Wood in a rocky country".

Heather Description

Habit: tall, erect, height & spread 1m after 5 years.

The Leaves: mid-green

The Flower: Pale pink (lilac (H4) deepening to shell-pink (H16)

Flowering Period: Autumn through to early Spring