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Cape Heath

Erica versicolour

Also known as

Tweekleurige Heide (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

3m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Cape Heath
A photo of Cape Heath
A photo of Cape Heath

Overview

An attractive sturdy long-lived shrub that can grow up to 3 m and is a popular and attractive erica for gardening. It has large tubular sticky flowers varying in colour. Usually dark red with yellow to green tips, with variations of paler pink. This is a strong grower, suitable for difficult gardens.

Common problems

Cape Heath is generally not bothered by pests and diseases.

    Harvesting

    Flowers can be harvested and make lovely cut flowers.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Sow seeds shallowly, 1.5 times the size of the seed, in Autumn. Germination takes 3-4 weeks. Keep moist.

    Special Features

    Attracts birds

    The lovely flowers attract sunbirds.

    Drought resistant

    This water-wise plant does not require a lot of water but flourishes when watered regularly.

    Pot plant

    Heather can be grown in a container but should never be allowed to dry out in between waterings.

    Attractive flowers

    Red with yellow or green tips, with light pink varieties.

    Uses

    A popular and attractive Erica for gardening.