Botanical name

Erica ioniana

Family

Ericaceae
Erica ioniana
Erica ioniana

Description

A very low shrub, no more than 15cm high. Bears tightly packed clusters of up to 12 bell-shaped flowers at the ends of short drooping branchlets. The flowers are pink to cream  and tend to hang face down, presenting the ants with the best view. Anthers not exerted.

The erica is named after Dr Ion Williams, who discovered the species in Vogelgat Nature Reserve.

Habitat

Sandy south-facing mountain slopes

Flower Date

February to March