Erica verticillata


Erica verticillata

Erica verticillata

Scientific name

This 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.

Records suggests this species preferred seasonally damp, acid, sandy soils near rivers and wetlands. Like other ericas it depended upon a symbiotic association with micorrhiza fungi to survive the trials of hot dry summers. Erica verticillata is one of the relatively few reliable South African ericas that is comparatively hardy, disease resistant and recommended for planting in both gardens and containers.

Visited and pollinated by hawk moths, bumblebees, bees and birds such as southern double-collared sunbirds.

Propagation instructions

By seed

This erica does not produce many seeds and like other ericas, is best to propagate from cuttings.

By cutting

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.

References and further reading

Learn more »

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

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We currently have no plants of this species in our home nurseries. Do you have any plants or do you know where we can get some? Get in touch!

This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #17 Rosebank 20
Site #62 Newlands 5
Site #69 Rondebosch 5
Site #68 Rondebosch 15
Site #71 Rondebosch 8
Site #72 Rondebosch 8
Total 61

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Extinct in the wild

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Sensitive roots

Good potplant

Easy to grow

It provides food for:

Honeybees/flies

Southern double-collared sunbird

Erica verticillata is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos

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