Erica lusitanica

Erica_lusitanica Forest and Kim Starr
Photo: 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.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: B?


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.

Species ID Card

Invasive Species ID Card - To support field identification of early detection species, Cal-IPC has designed a set of Species ID cards that can be downloaded, printed double-sided, and trimmed to size.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

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Other Erica lusitanica Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Erica lusitanica_flowers_copyright2001_DeanKelch(CDFA)
    Erica lusitanica (Spanish heath) flowers. Photo: &#169 2001 Dean Kelch, CDFA
    Erica lusitanica_growth habit_copyright_DeanKelch(CDFA)
    Erica lusitanica (Spanish heath) growth habit. Photo: &#169 Dean Kelch, CDFA