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Erica lateralis

   (Family: Ericaceae)
   
Afrikaans: Knopiesheide English: Button Heath  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.5m
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
 
pH: neutral
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
 
Pink
Flower type
 
  Flower info
  The flowers grow at branch tips, solitary or in small clusters. The flowers are urn-shaped, bulging with fused petals that have four tiny flaring lobes at the tiny corolla mouths where the styles are well exserted, the dark anthers shorter, just visible.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  The leaves are small, hairy and linear in shape, only faintly grooved below. The leaves provide clues for identifying this species.
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
Erica lateralis grows to 0.5m tall, with deep rose-pink urn shaped flowers.
Growing EDIT
There is no pre-treatment of the seeds required.

The seeds are sown in mineral-based cat litter (no clumping litter) or perlite (germ-free) in plastic-pots. Please sow the seeds on the mineral soil. Bigger seeds need to be covered with the mineral soil, small seeds should remain on the surface.

Then put the plastic pot in a ziplock bag - with a pot size of 6 cm , a ziplock bag of size 12 x 17 cm is recommended . Fill in the ziplock bag as much tap water with a few drops of universal fertilizer, so that after the absorption of the substrate a few mm of water remain on the bottom. Then close the ziplock bag - Ready!

More watering is not required because no moisture evaporates through the ziplock bag .

Location: on the windowsill or in a small greenhouse in partial shade, daytime temperatures at about 22-28 degC, somewhat lower at night at 20-22 degC. The resulting micro-climate provides ideal conditions for germination.
Distribution EDIT
Western Cape, South Africa.
The distribution of the species lies mainly in the mountains of the south-western Cape with isolated outlying localities in places near Bredasdorp, Ladismith and Tulbagh.
History EDIT
The specific name of Erica lateralis suggests something on the side, probably referring to the flowers that hang out to the side of the branches on peduncles as long as 8 mm, twice as long as the flower.
Uses EDIT
Beautiful cut flowers.
Ecology EDIT
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