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Bridal heath

Erica baueri

Bridal heath is one of the best known Ericas and popular as a South African fynbos garden plant. In nature it is an endangered species and is listed as vulnerable. Because of the small leaves and grey texture of the plant, enabling it to require only small amounts of water, it is classified as a very waterwise garden plant.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, but the flowers can be cut for the vase.

Propagation

Seed
Sow in autumn (treatment with smoke or smoke extract greatly enhances germination) in sandy soil mix. Seeds take about 6-10 weeks to germinate and are delicate in their early stages.
Cuttings
Root cuttings in autumn or spring with bottom heat and overhead misting or fogging. Cut active growing side shoots and use rooting hormone. Rooting can take 8-16 weeks or even longer.

Special features

Attracts birds
The tubular flowers attracks sunbirds.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Southern Cape, Riversdale and Albertinia districts between the Langeberg and the sea
Natural climate
Temperate Coastal

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Ericaceae
Flower colour
White, Pale pink or a combination of the two.
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to fungal attack on the roots when grown in too wet conditions.

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