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Protea (South African Sugarbush or Featherbush)

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Sugarbushes or Featherbushes from the greater Cape Province of South Africa. The grow as very ornamental medium sized to tall shrubs or low trees and have most decorative, quite large flowers above leathery leaves. All are frost resistant enough to be grown in a protected spot in any humus rich, well drained soil in the open garden down to in USDA Climate Zone 9 (lowest winter temperatures of -7°C/ 20°F). In parts of Central Europe with lower average winter temperatures, all Protea species are good pot or container plants for an unheated wintergarden or greenhouse and will withstand a few degrees of temporary freezing without any major leaf burn. Expected flowering time is given for the northern hemisphere (e.g. Central Europe and North America).

For detailed information on sowing and cultivation of sugarbushes please refer to this page: Sowing and Cultivation for Proteaceae from South Africa.

All are USDA Climate Zone 9.
10 seeds per package.
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Protea roupelliae

Protea roupelliae

2 (4)m, erect growing shrub with highly decorative silver green, leathery leaves and scarlet red flower bracts, inside contrasting black. Native to NW province, and Mpumalanga. VIII-XI.

Protea scolymocephala

Protea scolymocephala

100 (150)cm, small erect growing shrub with narrow, long intense green leaves and completely unfolding, cream white to lemon white flower heads. Becoming increasingly rare in sandy flats at up to 500m in Gifberg to Cape Peninsula (Kleimond to Hawston). XII-V.

Protea subvestita

Protea subvestita

2 (5)m, elliptical leaves, creamy white-pink to deep carmine flowers. Native to Fynbos areas above 2.000m from Free State, Lesotho, Eastern Cape to Klein Swartberg. IX-V.

Protea susannae

Protea susannae

2 (3)m, crushed leaves have a slight sulphurous odor, attractive oblong brownish-pink flowers. From sandy alkaline to neutral soils at 200m in the Elim, Bredasdorp and Riversdale Flats area. III-IX.

Protea welwitschii

Protea welwitschii

150cm, a small shrub with numerous stems arising from the rootstock. It is native to the Northern Province, Zimbabwe to Mozambique and Uganda. It bears numerous flower heads with creamy white bracts which open to form a saucer. A very decorative, but not easy. For any humus-rich, extremely well drained soil in full sun throughout the year. In winter reduce watering to a minimum and keep plants always very well aerated and at a minimum of some 10°C. IV-VII.