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Erica perspicua

   (Family: Ericaceae)
   
Afrikaans: Veerheide English: Prince of Wales heath  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 2m
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Biome: Fynbos
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Pink
 
White
 
Red
 
Purple
Flower shape
Flower type
 
  Polinator
  Birds, bees and other insects.
  Flower info
  The soft hairy tubular flowers are 16-25 mm long and grow singly on short, side branches. The anthers are muticous (anthers without appendages). The flowers vary in colour from white through pink and white, red and white, dark red or purple and white to uniform red.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  The needle-like leaves are gray green, hard and prickly.
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
Erect shrub which grows to a height of about 1 m or more. It has willowy branches and tufts of usually hairy leaves.
The flowers vary in colour from white through pink and white, red and white, dark red or purple and white to uniform red.
Growing EDIT
Occurs in moist, wet areas.
Grows easily in normal garden conditions, provided the soil is acid and it receives sufficient water.

It is best grown from seed, which has been smoke treated. Give a gentle, but good watering. Seedlings may be fed with an organic, seaweed-based fertilizer to strengthen the root system. This plant can also be propagated from cuttings taken from the side shoots, either heel or tip cuttings.
Distribution EDIT
It is found in marshes and vleis at low altitudes and is very common from Betty's Bay through to Hermanus on the Cape coast.
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
It is popular with flower-sellers, due to its profuse flowering habit.
Ecology EDIT
Birds, bees and other insects pollinate the flowers.
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