A most extensive genus comprising over four hundred species, all hardy in California, most of them being natives of the Cape of Good Hope and the Australian-group. They ought to be seen in gardens more commonly than they are, as many of them are very easily grown and blossom in Winter and early Spring when flowers are scarce. They are among the most attractive of our flowering shrubs, and, as they are generally slow-growing and of neat habit, are well adapted for small gardens. All the care necessary is to give them a sandy soil, plenty of water, and a prune back immediately after flowering so as to encourage the forming of young growth on which they will flower the following season.
In Europe and the East great care and considerable skill are thought necessary to grow these plants successfully. There they must be grown in pots, in specially prepared soil, in greenhouses and watered carefully. Even with the best of care however they often there die off suddenly or are attacked by mildew, etc., and thrown into poor health, whereas here they seem to grow without any special care, giving grand results.
Erica peraoluta alba.
The best for every-day culture are Erica persoluta, Erica gracilis, Erica hyemalis, Erica melanthera, Erica Willmorei, Erica arborea, Erica ventricosa, Erica capitata, Erica hybrida, Erica Mediterranea and their varieties.
Propagate by cuttings placed in a cool frame late in the Fall, October or early in November being.the best season; shade them from bright sunshine; pot them off as soon as rooted, in thumb pots, in sandy, leafy soil.