AWARD

HEATHERS Erica canaliculata

Commonly known as Cape heath, Channelled heath

Cape heath with pale pink flowers
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Linear leaves, mid-green above, paler with fine hairs beneath.
  • Shades of pink
    All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
    Pale pink
  • Height
    To 2m (6½ft)
  • Spread
    To 1.2m (4ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Erect shrub. Produces panicle-like whorls to 30cm (12in) long of bell-shaped flowers with white sepals and very dark-brown anthers.
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse
    Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Full sun

HEATHERS Erica canaliculata

 
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Fungal attack
    Place of origin
    South Africa (Western Cape, Eastern Cape)
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape
    Cup-shaped
  • Hardiness
    Half hardy (down to 0)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
  • Seasonal Interest
    Spring
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Acid / ericaceous loving
    Fertile well drained soil
    Open site
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
to 2m (6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  to 1.2m (4ft)
 

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