Erica × darleyensis

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Erica × darleyensis
Erica darleyensis a1.jpg
'Kramer's Rote' (cultivar)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Erica
Species:
E. × darleyensis
Binomial name
Erica × darleyensis

Erica × darleyensis (Darley Dale heath), is a plant hybrid between the heathers E. carnea and E. erigena, probably of garden origin.[1] It is a bushy shrub growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 75 cm (30 in) broad, with white to rose-pink urn-shaped flowers in late winter and early spring. Unlike some plants in this genus, it has no particular requirement for acid soil but does require sharp drainage in full sun. It is especially suitable as groundcover, for instance as an underplanting for conifers.

The seedling was found in a nursery in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, UK, prior to 1900.[2]

It has given rise to a large number of cultivars, and the following have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit:-[3]

  • E. × darleyensis ‘Arthur Johnson’[4]
  • E. × darleyensis ‘Furzey’[5]
  • E. × darleyensis ‘Ghost Hills’[6]
  • E. × darleyensis ‘J.W. Porter’[7]
  • E. × darleyensis ‘Jenny Porter’[8]
  • E. × darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Rote’[9]
  • E. × darleyensis f. albiflora ‘White Perfection’[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brickell, Christopher, ed. (2008). The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 302. ISBN 9781405332965.
  2. ^ "'Darley Dale'". The Heather Society. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 36. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Erica × darleyensis 'Arthur Johnson'". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Erica × darleyensis 'Furzey'". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Erica × darleyensis 'Ghost Hills'". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  7. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Erica × darleyensis 'J.W. Porter'". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  8. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Erica × darleyensis 'Jenny Porter'". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  9. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Erica × darleyensis 'Kramer's Rote'". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  10. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Erica × darleyensis f. albiflora 'White Perfection'". Retrieved 14 February 2018.