‘Eileen Porter’

Magenta (H14) flowers with cream sepals, X–IV; dark green foliage; slow growing; height 16–20cm; spread 16–20cm. Has a reputation for being unreliable but still well worth trying.

Seedling from Erica carnea ‘Praecox Rubra’; raised by J. W. Porter (Dundonald, County Down, Northern Ireland) in 1934; introduced by Maxwell & Beale (Broadstone, Dorset, England) in 1940.

Named after raiser’s second wife; Mrs Porter was herself a keen heather collector, finding Erica cinerea ‘Little Anne’, and Calluna vulgaris ‘Anne Dobbin’.