Erica canaliculata

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Erica canaliculata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Erica
Species: E. canaliculata

Erica canaliculata (channelled heath) is a species of flowering plant in the family Ericaceae. The species is native to the East and West Capes of South Africa and naturalised in South Australia.[1] It is an erect evergreen shrub, sometimes described as a tree heath (a term also applied to E. arborea and E. lusitanica). It grows to 2 m (6 ft 7 in), with tiny dark green leaves and large sprays of pink or white flowers with prominent brown anthers in winter and spring.[2][3]

Not fully hardy, in frost-prone areas it requires some protection. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit[4]


  1. ^ "Erica canaliculata Andrews". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "Erica canaliculata". PlantzAfrica. South African National Biodiversity Institute. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Erica canaliculata". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 25 July 2013.