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Erica caffra

   (Family: Ericaceae)
Afrikaans: water-heide English: water heath, sweet-scented heath  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 4.5m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
pH: acid
Biome: Fynbos
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower scent EDIT
  strong honey scent
  Flower info
  They are bell- or urn-shaped, about 5-7 mm long. Long-lasting
  Leaf info EDIT
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
An upright bush or a small tree 3-4m high, with with bell-shaped white flowers and needle shaped leaves.
Growing EDIT
Tolerant of a fairly wide range of conditions as long as the soils remain damp.
It grows in acidic, damp or even wet soils which are not stagnant.
They must also not contain manure and must have low levels of phosphate. About 50 % of the soil must be humus for successful growing. As the seeds are extremely tiny, it would be good to mix them with a quantity of fine sand before sowing them on a finely sieved growing medium containing sandy loam and compost that is acidic and well drained.
Distribution EDIT
Occurs in the northwest from Van Rhynsdorp and the Cedarberg, all the way down to the Cape Peninsula in a broad band, then eastward to the Transkei and up into Lesotho, at altitudes from sea level to about 1 800 m.
Widespread, always occurs in wet or damp places along streams and rivers.
History EDIT
Does well in a wet garden.
Ecology EDIT
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