‘Derry Gold’

VIII–IX; may be slightly more gold than ‘Ruth’s Gold‘ but hasn’t come up to expectations’.

Wild-collected; found on Derry Cairngorm, Scotland, by James Mackay (Dellside, Blairdaff, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire) by 1995.

Named after the mountain on which it was found and the foliage colour.


Flowers beautiful dark pink; foliage grey-green; height 25cm.

Found in 2004 by J. Baron as a seedling in his garden in Nieuw-Weerdinge, Netherlands.

“Stoeke is een aantal van 10 turven twee bij twee opgestapeld” ( … is a quantity of peat, ten
turves stacked two by two).


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

In cultivation by 1874.

Named from mollis = soft

‘Con’s Gold’

Flowers magenta; foliage green with gold tips in spring and early summer; habit erect. A sport on ‘Con Underwood‘ found by John L. Jones, Glywern Nursery, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Dyfed, Wales, in 1993.


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.

‘Achill Gold’

Flowers small, lilac pink above (Hll), fading almost to white underneath; VII-VIII; foliage sometime plain green, some leaves pale yellow, others yellow underneath or yellow at tips, yellow colouring appears on sides of shoots but not in any regular manner but looking as if the shoots are “sun burnt”. Leaves small, largest to 0.4cm long, less than 0.1cm across, with tightly recurved margins so that lower surface is not visible, with woolly hairs on upper side, without marginal cilia or with a few only towards tip. Hairs not glandular. Stems with short woolly hairs; habit low-growing, somewhat sprawling; height 10cm.
Collected by Aidan Brady on Achill Island, Ireland, in August 1969, and since then cultivated at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. 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.


No flowers, the infloresence is replaced by l-2cm long hairy caterpillar-like shoots; “flowering” VII-VIII; foliage grey-green; height maximum 25 cm.
A monstrosity, found by J. Baron in August 1984 in the Balloerveld, Province Drenthe, Holland. Registered on 20 December 2005, by J. Baron (per J. Flecken).

‘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)).