Erica cerinthoides is a species of heath native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. 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.
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.
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