‘Praegerae’

Glowing deep cerise (H6) flowers; VI-X; mid-green foliage; height 31-45cm; spread 61-75cm. Tends to shed most of its leaves in winter when it can look rather drab.

Wild-collected; found by Mrs Hedi Praeger in Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland in 1938; propagated at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin whence it was distributed after 1941 (under various names e.g. Dr Praeger, Praeger's Var.) to Irish nurseries.

Named after Mrs Hedi Praeger, wife of Dr Robert Ll. Praeger (who was commemorated in Erica x praegeri [now E. x stuartii])..