Heather of the month September 2017 - Erica x griffithsii ‘Heaven Scent’

Introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England) in 1951, as E. verticillata; originally sent to the nursery from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on 16 March 1949. Identified subsequently as a hybrid, after it was given the cultivar name by Mrs C. Turpin (West Clandon, Surrey) in 1990.

Synonyms include E. anthura 'Heaven Scent'; 'Major Turpin's Form'; 'Maxwell's Form'.

Name is a pun on the scent of the plant, suggested by Cherry Turpin.

Image courtesy of  E. C. Nelson


Heather Description

Habit: Vigorous, upright; height 75-100cm; spread 46-60cm.

The Leaves: Dark greyish green

The Flower: Lilac-pink (H11); scented; long sprays

Flowering Period: July - December