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Erica baueri - Bridal Heath

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Ericaceae (Heaths, Heathers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Erica baueri (Bridal Heath) A tall upright shrub to 4 to 5 feet tall but most often seen to around 3 feet with small gray-green leaves and nearly 1 inch long tubular bright magenta-pink flowers clustered in whorls near branch tips year-round. The flowers are puffed up a bit with a white tip and age to a paler pink color. Plant in full sun and water occasionally to very little. It is native to sandy well-drained acidic soils but seems to tolerate a wide range of conditions and is known to perform well even in heavier clay soils so long as water can drain away and irrigation practices are more carefully monitored. Hardy to at least 25 F and quite tolerant of windy coastal conditions. Prune to keep dense and in a neat shape, otherwise plants get a little open and tall. This plant is a very popular plant in its native South Africa, likely because it is both showy and long lived in cultivation. The terminal flower spikes also are great for cut flower use and makes a beautiful container plant but care needs to be exercised as Erica in containers do not tolerate soils completely drying out. This plant is native to the Riversdale and Albertinia districts of the Cape Province of South Africa in an area between the Langeberg Mountain Range and the ocean. It grows with tall restios (Thamnochortus insignis) in a vegetation type called the Acid Sandplain Fynbos. This area is severely threatened by urban sprawl and the species is considered Critically Endangered. From this location it is also known as Albertinia Heath. The specific name was given to this plant by the botanical artist Henry Charles Andrews (1794 - 1830), in his "Heathery" that was published in 1805 and honors fellow artist Francis Bauer, a botanical artist to King George III.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Erica baueri.