Erika (Erica)


HISTORY

Available in several UK nurseries and Garden Centres and popular in Europe.
Raised by Georg Arends of Ronsdorf in Germany in 1940 as a sport from "Rosa Perle".
Highly Commended in RHS Trial in 1971.

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ASSESSMENT

A free flowering plant with good colour and bronzy foliage through the season.
A good garden plant.
Used extensively in Holland as a cut flower subject mostly because it has no or very tiny petals, the colour of the flowers coming from the filament. With no petals the flower holds its colour for a long period making it popular once the flowers are cut.

Height of Plant

Tall - 81-100cm

Flowering Time

Mid-season - 16th-31st July

THE PANICLE
  colour Deep purplish-pink
  shape Pyramidal 
  length Very long - more than 36cm
  width Medium - 11-20cm
  density Moderately dense
  Lowest branch
    angle of branching
30°
    length
23cm
    density of flowers Moderately dense
THE FLOWER
  diameter Very small - 1-2mm
  Petal
    colour Strong reddish-purple
    shape Linear
    diameter Bead-like
  Sepal colour Light pink
  Filament colour Light pink
  Carpel colour Light purple
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THE LEAF
  size   26cm wide x 27cm long  
  colour   Mid-green  
  nodes colour   Red and swollen  
  stem colour   Reddish  
  Terminal Leaflet
    surface Glossy
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