Erica cerinthoides

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Erica cerinthoides
Erica cerinthoides flower.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Erica
Species: E. cerinthoides
Binomial name
Erica cerinthoides

Erica cerinthoides is a species of heath native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.[1] Common names include Fire erica, Fire heath, Red hairy heath, Rooihaartjie or Klipheide. Throughout its range the species shows marked variation in habit, flower characteristics and hairiness . A form with white flowers is found in Swaziland and the South African province of Mpumalanga while the variety E. cerinthoides var. barbertona has shorter flowers.[2]


Erica cerinthoides requires a position in full sun with good drainage, and acidic soil. It is frost sensitive, but can regrow following damage. Plants can be propagated from cuttings of current season's growth with a heel of older wood. They can also be grown from seed.[2]


  1. ^ "Taxon: Erica cerinthoides L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Erica cerinthoides". PlantzAfrica. Retrieved 2010-09-04.