A picture of a Catherine Wheel

Catherine Wheel

Erepsia pillansii

Photo by Nick Helme (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H3-H2

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Catherine Wheel

A close up of a purple Erepsia pillansii flower and green red foliage
Erepsia pillansii shrublet
Erepsia pillansii flower
Erepsia pillansii visited by monkey beetle

Catherine Wheel Overview

Erepsia pillansii is a small succulent shrub species in the Aizoaceae family. It is endemic to the Western Cape of South Africa where it's found in the Piketberg Mountains. This plant grows best in full sunlight and sandy soil on the acidic side of the pH scale. It has an upright habit and produces showy, flattened flowers with white centres, these measure between 30-60mm across and appear in the spring. The distinctive petals are spoon-shaped, coloured white at the base and vibrant magenta at the tips. It typically grows to around 80cm tall, producing blue-green, stocky, curved leaves measuring approximately 5mm in length. Leaves are produced on red-brown stems, which measure between 4-8mm in diameter. This species is reported to flower intensely following fires.

How to propagate Catherine Wheel

Seed

Cuttings

Special features of Catherine Wheel

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Drought resistant

Indoor plant

Best grown indoors in temperate climates.

Attracts bees

Pioneer