Water Heath


Water Heath

Erica curviflora

Scientific name

Best grown with other Fynbos species such as ericas, buchus, brunias, and restios. This plant is pollinated by sunbirds (potentially also long-tongued flies).

Propagation instructions

By seed

This species grows easily from seed when subjected to smoke treatment and sown in well-drained, acidic, sandy soil. Seed is normally sown from late summer into autumn, i.e. March to May.

By cutting

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.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

This nectar-rich species attracts sunbirds and sugarbirds

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