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Botanical Name: Erica species
Common Name(s): Heath
Categories: Shrubs and Perennials
Ericas are woody shrubs with small, narrow leaves. Flowers come in a great variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Do not disturb the roots by digging.
Botanical Pronunciation: ER-ee-kuh
Semi Frost Hardy
Flowers come in a great variety of colours, shapes and sizes.
Ericas are woody shrubs with small, narrow leaves.
Indigenous/ Native to South Africa
Tolerates salt laden air, Indigenous/ Native to South Africa, Soil Type: Sandy
Planting: This plant loves acid soil; it needs sandy, well-drained soil with a pH of 4–5.5. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third acid compost, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: In summer rainfall areas, water well during the dry winter months. Mulch with acid compost or pine needles to keep the soil moist, protect the roots and feed the plant.
Pruning: Not necessary, but flower stems can be cut to promote bushier growth.
Erica baccans, berry heath, is vigorous, and can grow up to 2m tall. It has urn-shaped pink blooms in winter and spring.
E. bauera, bridal heath, has grey-green foliage, and grows to 1m tall. During summer it bears masses of tubular flowers which are white, pale yellow or pale pink on long stems.
1m * 2m
Uses in landscape design
An ideal rockery plant. Also good as cut flower material.