Erica turgida


Erica turgida

Erica turgida

Scientific name

It produces numerous small urn- or cup-shaped, pink flowers, which are clustered at the ends of short branchlets. The flowers are only about 3 mm long and slightly constricted at the mouth from which the anthers protrude. The overall effect is a petite plant that is rather attractive when in flower in early summer (November and December).

Propagation instructions

By seed

Seed is sown in autumn in a sandy, well-drained soil mixture. The seed is pre-treated with smoke to optimize germination, although smoke treatment is not a prerequisite. Seedlings appear after a few weeks and should be carefully nurtured until they are about 10 mm tall and ready for transplanting into individual containers. Keep pinching out the terminal shoots as this will result in branching and a more bushy plant.

By cutting

Cuttings are taken in autumn or spring to early summer, from actively growing shoots preferably as heel cuttings. A heel cutting is a side shoot that is removed from the main stem while retaining a part of that stem. Cuttings are placed in a fine bark mix in special propagation units with heated benches and overhead misters. Rooting takes place in a few weeks.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Extinct in the wild

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Good potplant

Easy to grow

It provides food for:

Honeybees/flies

Erica turgida is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos

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