Erica cinerea L.

Bell Heather

Low-growing shrub. Leaves mostly about 5 mm long in groups of 3, the margins bent back. Flowers red to pink.

W Europe

A species that is the source of numerous colour cultivars although only a few of these are grown in Australia including: 'Christina McDonald' Foliage dark, flowers red in spring and summer; 'Eden Valley' Flowers lavender, white tipped; 'Golden Drop' Small, wiry, mat-forming shrub with rich golden foliage in summer turning rusty red in winter. Flowers lilac-pink in summer; 'Golden Hue' Foliage pale yellow; 'Katinka' Foliage dark, flowers deep red; 'Purple Beauty' Foliage deep green, flowers purple.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Ericaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Ericaceae
genus        Erica L.