Erica longifolia

Very variable bushy heath, usually with sharply pointed, rigid, linear leaves. Flower tubular, constricted slightly at mouth, from 1 to 2 cm long, varying from white to green, yellow, brown, pink, red or purple, sometimes bi-coloured; anthers without awns. Blooms most of the year.

Sources:

Ericas of South Africa (D.Schumann, G. Kirsten & E. G. H. Oliver) 1992: p. 52.

Erica fastigiata

Four Sisters heath. Bears clusters of four flowers (hence the name) at tips of branchlets, each bloom with four spreading lobes, varying from pink to almost white, with a ring of darker pink or green at mouth; anthers without awns. Usually a strictly erect bushy heath to more than 1m tall, but sometime sprawling; flowering VIII-I in wild. A variable plant, found in damp habitats especially see pages.

Sources:

Ericas of South Africa (D.Schumann, G. Kirsten & E. G. H. Oliver) 1992: p. 92.

Erica peziza

Upright bushy shrub, to 0.6m tall. Flowers pure white, VIII-IX (in wild), 0.5cm long, cup-shaped; corolla covered with long woolly hairs so resembling tiny balls of wild cotton; anthers with awn.

Sources:

Ericas of South Africa (D.Schumann, G. Kirsten & E. G. H. Oliver) 1992: p 101

Erica strigilifolia

Upright, bushy shrub usually less than 0.6m tall. Flower colour variable, usually pink or red; corolla tubular, about 1.5cm long, with short hairs on outside; anthers without awns. Inhabits rocky outcrops.

Sources:

Ericas of South Africa (D.Schumann, G. Kirsten & E. G. H. Oliver) 1992: p. 71.

Erica conica

Erect, branching shrub to 0.5m tall, flowering VI-IX in wild. Leaves erect, curving inwards in whorls of 4-6. Conical flowers 6-12mm long, borne in leaf axils on upper parts of shoots in dense spike-like clusters, red to deep purple-pink, with dark anthers without awns not projecting from corolla mouth.
Found on Cape Peninsula only.

Sources:

Ericas of South Africa (D.Schumann, G. Kirsten & E. G. H. Oliver) 1992: p. 47
Erica of the Cape Peninsula (Inge Oliver & Ted Oliver) 2000: no. 10

Erica patersonii

Bright, golden yellow, waxy, tubular flowers are arranged in closely packed spikes on the middle to upper section of the stem; foliage dark green, tufts of needle-like leaves densely cover the branches; habit open erect, sparsely branched shrub growing up to 1 m tall.

The flowering stem resembles corn on the cob, which gives it its common name, mielie heath. Branching occurs mainly at the base of the stem and is woody and often bare.

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