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Erica cerinthoides

Erica cerinthoides
Common names: fire erica, fire heath, red hairy heath, rooihaartjie, klipheide
Family: Ericaceae
13 / 08 / 2001 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica clavisepala

Erica clavisepala flowers and leaves
Common names: club heath, Cape Point marsh heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica clavisepala is a rare decorative little heath, well suited to fynbos gardens and those on the sandy flats....

05 / 12 / 2011 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica coccinea subsp. coccinea

Erica coccinea subsp. coccinea
Common names: tassel heath, small tassel heath (Eng.); hangertjie (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica coccinea subsp. coccinea is a decorative fynbos shrub with large, pendulous tubular flowers, in a range of colours, that attract sunbirds to the...

09 / 05 / 2011 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica croceovirens

Erica croceovirens
Common names: saffron heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica croceovirens is a newly described species which is closely related to other tubular southern Cape species such as E. versicolor, E....

14 / 04 / 2014 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica curviflora

Erica curviflora var. curviflora
Common names: water heath (Eng.); waterbos, waterheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica curviflora var. curviflora is a spectacular and widespread species occurring throughout the fynbos region and as far-east as Grahamstown....

13 / 09 / 2010 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica denticulata

Erica denticulata
Common names: scented heath (Eng.); lekkerruikheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica denticulata stands out in a family of over 700 species as being one of the few that have scented flowers. The scent is reminiscent of carnations...

14 / 02 / 2005 | Roger Tuckeldoe | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica diaphana

Flowers of Erica diaphana
Common names: diaphanous heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica diaphana is a strong-growing heath from the southern Cape that brings summer colour to the fynbos garden....

26 / 01 / 2015 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica discolor

Erica discolor
Common names: two-colour heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica discolor is a very common and variable species complex that used to consist of two well-known and widespread species namely, Erica discolor and Erica...

25 / 07 / 2016 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica fairii

Erica fairii flowers
Common names: fairy heath
Family: Ericaceae

Conserve a species on the brink of extinction and marvel at the unique beauty of this unassuming plant.Erica fairii flowers...

28 / 03 / 2011 | Julia Dabush | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica fastigiata

Flowers
Common names: four-sisters heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica fastigiata belongs to the largest genus in the Cape Floral Kingdom....

05 / 12 / 2005 | Berenice Carolus | Harold Porter NBG
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Erica formosa

Erica formosa flowers
Common names: white heath (Eng.); witheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica formosa is a charming plant that produces lovely displays of white flowers from midwinter to early summer. It is well-tempered and keeps a neat...

14 / 09 / 2009 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica glandulosa subsp. breviflora

Erica glandulosa subsp. breviflora
Common names: Humansdorp glandulous heath
Family: Ericaceae

This subspecies is a short-flowered form of the very popular and reliable Erica glandulosa subsp. glandulosa and is new to horticulture. It is in itself...

26 / 03 / 2018 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica glandulosa subsp. fourcadei

Bright red form
Common names: Fourcade's heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica glandulosa subsp. fourcadei is an attractive and hardy coastal species that is not as well known as its close relative, E. glandulosa subsp....

26 / 08 / 2013 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica glandulosa subsp. glandulosa

Erica glandulosa subsp. glandulosa
Common names: glandulous heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica glandulosa is one of the hardiest and most dependable of the Cape heaths in mild temperate and Mediterranean style gardens....

20 / 05 / 2013 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica glauca var. glauca

Erica glauca var. glauca
Common names: cup-and-saucer heath (Eng.); kommetjiepieringheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

The flowers of Erica glauca var. glauca are spectacular and most unusual for the genus in both construction and colour. The bracts...

19 / 07 / 2010 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica glomiflora var. glomiflora

Erica glomiflora (HG Robertson, Iziko Museums of South Africa)
Common names: lantern heath (Eng.)
Family: Ericaceae

Erica glomiflora var. glomiflora is a variable and attractive species exhibiting a wide range of flower shapes and forms that brighten up the southern...

18 / 04 / 2016 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica grandiflora subsp. grandiflora

Erica grandiflora subsp. grandiflora
Common names: golden heath (Eng.); goueheide (Afr.)
Family: Ericaceae

A sturdy fynbos shrub with outstanding bright orange flowers at the hottest, driest time of the year....

11 / 02 / 2019 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica haematocodon

Erica haematocodon flowers and foliage
Common names: bloodbell heath
Family: Ericaceae

This erica from the Cape peninsula  has blood red flowers....

23 / 05 / 2011 | Julia Dabush | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica halicacaba

Growing amonst the rocks
Common names: bladder-heath, gooseberry heath
Family: Ericaceae

Erica halicacaba is a unique species with no close relatives in the genus Erica. It is notable for its unusual growth form, its particular niche...

03 / 11 / 2013 | Anthony Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Erica hirtiflora

Erica hirtiflora flowers
Common names: none
Family: Ericaceae

Erica hirtiflora is a beautiful shrub with masses of purple-pink flowers in summer and autumn; it adds an elegant touch to the garden....

22 / 12 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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