Mauve-pink tubular flowers are produced near the tips of the sturdy branches. These are arranged in neat stepped whorls that form attractive flower heads during late summer to autumn.
A hardy shrub reaching a height of 1.5m tall with mauve-pink tubular flowers which are produced near the tips of the branches.
It prefers seasonally moist sandy soils, but will grow well in average garden conditions provided the soils are acidic. The best time to plant is in autumn or during the winter although they may be planted at other times of the year if regularly watered. It is important to never disturb its roots when weeding. Plants should be well watered after planting and then every two to three days unless good rainfalls occur.
Erica erticillata is one of the easiest ericas to grow.
Plants are reproduced from cuttings as they do not readily produce seed.
Plants are rooted from fresh tip or heel cuttings taken in autumn. They are easily rooted in a medium consisting of equal parts of 6mm milled pine bark and polystyrene chips under mist and on heated benches. Rooting hormones are applied for semi-hardwood cuttings.
Rooted cuttings are planted and established in a well-drained soil mix. The mixture consists of equal parts composted pine bark or pine needles, acidic sand and about 20% loam (top soil). Any well-decomposed compost will be suitable so long as it has been naturally composted with a minimum of additives such as manure. Fresh semi-decomposed compost is not recommended.
It formerly grew only in certain areas of the Cape Flats on the Cape Peninsula of South Africa, but is now classified as Extinct in the Wild.
It preferred damp sandy soils such as those found around Wynberg, Kenilworth and Zeekoeivlei.
Although the species became functionally extinct due to agricultural and urban development of its habitat in the early 20th century, cuttings from several plants discovered in the wild in the later 20th century have ensured that the species will continue in cultivation.
Various pollinators such as bees and birds such as southern double-collared sunbirds have been observed feeding on the tubular pink flowers.
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