Erica lusitanica

Erica_lusitanica Forest and Kim Starr
Photo courtesy Forest & Kim Starr CC-BY-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Common names: Spanish heath; Portuguese heath; urze

Erica lusitanica (Spanish heath) is a shrub or sub-shrub (family Ericaceae) that is native to southwest Europe. Erica lusitanica can be found in disturbed, open sandy areas. It has invaded Humboldt County where it forms large monocultures along the coast. E. lusitanica flowers from winter to spring. It has shown quick recovery from fire.

Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources

  • Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
  • CalWeedMapper - Statewide maps, climate models, and reports.
  • Cal-IPC News - Our quarterly newsletter. Each issue is available as a pdf.
  • Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings - Presentations and papers from our annual Symposium.
  • Don't Plant a Pest! - Select your region to find non-invasive alternatives to ornamental species. Also see our statewide brochure on trees.

    Other Resources

    • USDA PLANTS database -
      Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
    • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
    • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
    • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.

    Symposium Presentations

    • None for this species

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • Brusati, E. (2011). Cal-IPC Inventory update adds eight plants. Cal-IPC News. 19: 18.