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Erica gracilis (Cape heath)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Erica gracilis

Other names

Cape heath

Genus

Erica 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

Habit

Compact

Flower

Dark-red in Spring; Dark-red in Winter

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons

How to care

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General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

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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Botanical name

Erica gracilis

Other names

Cape heath

Genus

Erica 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.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact


Colour

Flower

Dark-red in Spring; Dark-red in Winter

Foliage

Mid-green in All seasons

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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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Cape Heath, from South Africa. See Erica Gracilis document for information. (10/10/2011)

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