Flowers pink; VI-IX; foliage grey; habit upright; height 30cm; spread 30cm.

In cultivation by 1874.

Named from mollis = soft


Flowers large, 0.7 cm long, amethyst above (HI), paler underneath, with prominent ruby (H5) recurved lobes, about 10 in each large cluster; VII-VIII; foliage grey-green. Leaves to 0.5cm long, to 0.2 cm broad at base, obovate, tapering gradually towards tip, with numerous long, glandular cilia, and woolly short hairs on upper side, margins not fully recurved so that lower surface is visible (sinus about 0.1cm wide), lower surface white; young shoots appearing white, covered with woolly short hairs and long cilia; older shoots tinged pink, later pale brown; habit bushy, upright plant; height will probably reach over 0.5m tall if not trimmed.
Collected by D. McClintock, E. C. Nelson and D. J. Small at Brandonas de Arriba, northwest of Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna, Spain, in July 1982. Registered 7 November 1998: E. C. Nelson, Tippitiwitchet Cottage, Hall Road, Outwell, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 8PE, England.

‘Pink Enigma’

Bushy dwarf shrub with upright shoots; foliage dark greyish-green; leaves usually in fours, broad, ovate, with a few long marginal cilia, sometimes with red-glandular tips especially those towards the apex of a shoot, otherwise upper surface glabrous, margins recurved, lower surface exposed, whitish green; leaves towards the tips of “abnormal” shoots may have pink tips or varying and increasing amounts of pink tissue resembling that of the corolla; in extreme examples, the upper portion of the shoots have no green leaves but have variously shaped pink, petaloid “bracts” which are longer and broader than the leaves; flowers may be formed and seem “normal”, or the flowers are grotesquely malformed; VII-IX. On shoots with flowers, leaves arranged in evenly spaced whorls of four, spreading, but becoming more widely spaced below inflorescence and also tending to become more erect and more appressed to the stem; flowers with densely hirsute ovary.

We do not know where or how this plant originated. Its known history commences when Brita Johansson was given a young plant by Jack Platt who, as past yearbooks show, was a very keen collector of new clones which he cultivated for a few years in his garden before replacing them with newer ones. Platt informed Mrs Johansson that he had obtained the plant from Ray Warner. Brita Johansson grew ‘Pink Enigma’ in her garden in Sweden, propagated it and passed a plant to Sten-Börje Sörensson who still cultivates it. It is apparently very hardy and was not affected by the extremely cold winter of 2010–2011.

® E.2011:01 registered on 17 September 2011 by Brita Johansson, Vargon, Sweden.

‘Allendale Pink’

Pink flowers, VI–IX; grey-green foliage; erect habit; height 26–30cm; spread 31–45cm. Collected on the Orkneys and introduced by Allendale Nurseries (West Midlands).


Deep pink-red flowers, VI–VIII; dark grey-green foliage; broad erect habit; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm.

Sport on ‘Daphne Underwood‘; found by H. J. van de Laar (Boskoop, Netherlands) in 1968; introduced by P. G. Zwijnenburg (Boskoop) in 1974. The flowers are smaller but are the reddest in the species.

Named after the finder’s daughter, Ardy van de Laar (Ericultura 60: 19 (1986)).



Rose-pink (H7) flowers, VI–IX; grey-green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 31–45cm. Similar to ‘Hookstone Pink’ but blooms a little earlier. Found by Lake Bala, Wales.

‘Con Underwood’

Magenta (H14) flowers, VII–XI; grey-green foliage; height 21–25cm; spread 46–60cm.

Wild-collected; found in Aldershot area by Mrs C. Underwood (Woking, Surrey, England) in 1938; removed to the nursery where it survived, and introduced by G. Underwood & Son (Hookstone Green Nursery, West End, Woking, Surrey) in 1948.

Named after the finder, the wife of George Underwood (see Erica vagansGeorge Underwood‘).


‘Curled Roundstone’

Pale pink flowers, VI–X; grey-green foliage; prostrate with curling stems, but some may grow upright; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. An interesting novelty, suitable for troughs, window boxes and hanging baskets, collected by Dr Charles Nelson, near Roundstone, County Galway, Ireland.


Bright rose flowers, VII–X; grey-green foliage; low bushy habit; height 10–15cm; spread 31–45cm. Collected south of Hwidesande, on west coast of Denmark.

‘Daphne Underwood’

Deep shell-pink (H16/H10) flowers, VI–IX; grey-green foliage; compact habit; height 16–20cm; spread 31–45cm.

Wild-collected; found in Cuckoo Hill Valley, Chobham Ridges, Surrey, England, by Mrs C. Underwood (Woking, Surrey) in 1953; introduced by G. Underwood & Son (Hookstone Green Nursery, West End, Woking) by 1960.

Named after the wife of Ken Underwood.