Also known as
Fire Heath, Fire Erica, Red Hairy Heath
This plant has no fragrance
Cape Heath Overview
This re-sprouting, low growing erica has clusters of hairy tubular flowers that are mostly bright red, but can vary to white and creamy pink. Some can grow up to 1.5 m, if not burnt, and is a tough plant that can withstand dry conditions. Fertilizers need to be low in phosphates and roots should not be disturbed. This attractive garden plant brings birds to the garden.
Common problems with Cape Heath
Fire heath is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.
Cape Heath Companion Plants
Restios and other fynbos plants
How to harvest Cape Heath
Flowers can be harvested for flower arrangements.
How to propagate Cape Heath
Sow seeds shallowly in Autumn. Germination takes 6 weeks but can be improved if seeds are treated with “Instant Smoke Plus Seed Primer” smoke extract. Transplant when about 10 cm tall.
Best time to root cuttings is in autumn or spring and takes 8 weeks. Treat heel cuttings with rooting hormone for semi-hardwood material for best results. Use overhead misting and heating from below.
Special features of Cape Heath
The showy red flowers are high in nectar - attracting bird pollinators.
Fire heath does very well in containers where they can be kept compact and well shaped by pruning after flowering.
Flowers are generally deep red, with white and creamy pink varieties.
Other uses of Cape Heath
An attractive garden plant that brings birds to the garden.