Lavender (H3) flowers, VIII; yellow-green foliage in winter, turning golden yellow with red at the base of the leaves in summer; height 10–15cm; spread 26–30cm. Attractive plant but very slow growing.
Wild-collected (collector’s no. K43); found on Hirta, St Kilda, by R. J. Brien (Pitcairngreen Heather Farm, Perth, Scotland) in 1966; introduced by the National Trust for Scotland by 1973, and until 2000 named ‘Hirta’, a name that contravenes the ICNCP (1995, Art. 17.9).
Named after the Island where found