Scientific nameThis heath shrub species has a variety of flower colours and subspecies that are unique to particular locations across the region, predominantly in Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos. Some are well protected and therefore classified as Least Concern, while others are not well protected and very localised and classified as critically endangered. It grows well in garden settings. It attracts sunbirds and the butterfly Aeropetes tulbaghia.
This species grows easily from seed sown in well-drained, acidic, sandy soil and subjected to smoke treatment. Seed is normally sown from late summer into autumn, i.e. March to May.
It is propagated vegetatively by rooting fresh semi-hardwood tip or heel cuttings. Cuttings are rooted in multi-trays on heated benches under mist spray. Cuttings are rooted in autumn or spring in a rooting medium of equal parts bark and polystyrene chips. A semi-hardwood rooting hormone is used to aid the rooting process.
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Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
This nectar-rich species attracts sunbirds and sugarbirds
Erica abietina is indigenous to: Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos