Scientific nameThis plant is extinct in the wild. It has been re-established to three Sand Plain Fynbos reserves within the urban sprawl of Cape Town. These include Rondevlei Nature Reserve, Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area and the Tokai Park under management of the South African National Parks. Its status remains Extinct in the Wild and will be re-assessed when it has survived three burn cycles in the wild without restocking or replanting.
This erica does not produce many seeds and like other ericas, is best to propagate from cuttings.
It is one of the easiest ericas to grow from cuttings. Heel cuttings are selected from fresh side shoots usually taken in autumn, but they have been rooted throughout the year at Kirstenbosch. Rooted cuttings are planted and established in a well-draining potting mix of equal parts composted pine bark or pine needles and acidic river sand. (See PlantZA for more info). Plant in Autumn or winter or water every 3 days to ensure it survives the dry season. Never weed near the roots.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
Conservation status: Extinct in the wild
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
This nectar-rich species attracts sunbirds and sugarbirds
Erica verticillata is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos