The scientific name of this species is derived from the Latin word ventricosus, which means swollen or inflated. Its common names are Franschhoek heath, Porcelain heath, Italian heather, Giant heather and Wax heath.
The corolla in Erica ventricosa has an ovoid-urceolate form and is 12 mm to 16 mm in length, with a constriction at the throat. This form is no accident, as there are specialist flies with a long proboscis that are adapted to pollinate it.
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- Anthony Hitchcock (December 2001). "Erica ventricosa". Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Retrieved 2011-03-12.
- Baker, Hugh Arthur and Oliver, E. G. H. Ericas in Southern Africa. Purnell & Sons, Cape Town, 1967, p. 55.