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Erica gracilis (Cape heath)

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2-5 years
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Botanical name: Erica gracilis

Other names: Cape heath

Genus: Erica

Species: E. gracilis - E. gracilis is a dwarf evergreen shrub with mid-green, needle-like foliage. It produces clusters of bell-shaped, usually magenta, sometimes white, flowers from early autumn to early spring. As it is frost-tender, it is suitable for indoors and may be taken to an outdoor sheltered position in summer.

Erica gracilis is: Evergreen

Flower: Dark-red in Spring; Dark-red in Winter

Foliage: Mid-green in All seasons

Habit: Compact

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Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to

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Erica gracilis (Cape heath) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Conservatory, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation: Grow indoors in acid-free, free-draining compost in a light position. May be placed outdoors in the summer.

Soil type: Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

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