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Protea Catalog

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Protea scolymocephala

Thistle Sugarbush - Witskollie

  • Grows to 1m shrub with linear pointed leaves.
  • Small creamy-green flowers with outwardly splayed creamy or pinkish bracts from Winter to Spring.
  • Coastal.
  • Sand.
  • Easy grower.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea coronata

Green Protea, Groenhofiesuikerbossie

belongs to group called Bearded sugarbushes

  • grows into an erect shrub -2 - 3 m tall
  • stems are covered with dense longhairs
  • leaves are silvery, green turning purplish and suround the flowerhead
  • the flowers are fresh, bright green with white centre
  • grows in heavy clay soils with high rainfall
  • flowering occurs from Apr-Sep
  • lovely as a cut flower and is popular with protea collectors and florists as is only true green protea
  • they are easy to grow and are an unusual, attractive addition for any garden

Protea canaliculata seed

Groove-leaf sugarbush

belongs to group called Rose sugarbushes

  • grows to 1m with glabrous dark-green leaves and small bowl-shaped flowers with dark wine-red bracts
  • flowering occurs in autumn
  • flowers are very attractive
  • this species tolerates frost and grows best in rocky, exposed sandstone or quartzitic soils
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8

Protea cynaroides seed

King Protea, Koningsuikerbos, King Sugarbush


  • this is South Africa's national flower
  • it grows 0.3m to 2m in height
  • it has distinctive glossy, bright green leaves
  • the flowerheads are huge- up to 30cm in diameter - creamy pink to dark pink in color
  • flowering time depends on variant-there is a variant for each season
  • they can be potted
  • are tolerant of marshy conditions
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8
  • commonly known as the King Protea - South Africa's national flower.
  • it is easy to grow - needs a little more water than other species
  • will attract birds to your garden
  • is a stunning species for your garden and the cut flowers are fabulous and long lasting

Protea convexa

Large-leaf Sugarbush

belongs to group called Ground sugarbushes

  • this is a prostrate, mat-forming shrub with many horizontal stems off a short main stem
  • the stems are sticky
  • leaves are large and cabbage-like, hence the name
  • flowers are green-yellow flower flushed with pink
  • flowering occurs in spring
  • grows in arid regions
  • is considered rare
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8

Protea mundii

 Commonly known as the Forest Sugarbush

  • Grows to 3-8m shrub/tree.
  • Small oblong red or white flowers from summer to winter.
  • Grows on moist slopes and forest margins.
  • A fast, easy grower with good cut flowers.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea neriifolia seed

Oleanderleaf protea, ''Blousuikerbos''

belongs to group called Bearded sugarbushes

  • grows to a 3m shrub with narrow oblong leaves
  • the flowers are creamy-green to deep pink in winter, beard white to purple-black
  • good cut flower with long vase life
  • tolerates a wide range of soils
  • does well in coastal gardens
  • can tolerate a light frost
  • is hardy and adaptable and easy to grow
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8

Protea speciosa

Commonly known as Brown-bearded protea

  • Grows to height of 0.5-1m.
  • Flower are goblet shaped
  • They are deep pink in colour with a brown beard
  • Flowering occurs from winter to summer.
  • It is a slow grower.
  • Benefits from pruning.
  • Sow in autumn.

Protea magnifica seed

Commonly known as the Queen Protea

  • Grows to 2.5m erect to sprawling shrub.
  • Large, heavily bearded white to pink flowers that make a good cut flower.
  • Difficult to grow.
  • Flowering occurs between Oct-Dec.



Protea subvestita

Commonly known as Waterlily sugarbush

  • Grows to a 2-5m shrub/tree, with elliptic leaves.
  • Flowers are creamy-white/pink/carmine
  • Flowering occurs from summer to winter.
  • This species is frost tolerant.
  • Can tolerate tropical areas with summer-rainfall.
  • Sow in Spring.
  • USDA zone 6.

Protea sulphurea

  • Grows to 0.5m spreading shrub with horizontal branches.
  • Flowers from autumn to winter with pendulous sulphur yellow bowl-shaped flowers with greenish-purple bracts.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea cordata

  • Grows to 0.5m with thin un-branched erect stems from ground level.
  • Leaves are elegantly heart-shaped and red when young.
  • Flowers in Winter with a small brown flower that is rodent-pollinated.
  • Excellent cut foliage.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea gaguedi

  • Grows to 2-3m with thick, flaky corky bark.
  • Leaves fall off after frost.
  • Flowers are slightly scented and silvery white
  • Flowering occurs in summer.
  • Tropical, summer-rainfall protea.
  • Sow in Spring.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 9.

Protea longifolia

  • Grows to a 1.5m tall shrub.
  • The leaves are long and narrow (hence the name longifolia).
  • Flowers in winter with creamy white/pink/green bracts with a large woolly black knob in the middle.
  • Fast growing in a coastal habitat.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea laurifolia

  • Grows to an 8m tall shrub/tree.
  • The leaves are blue-green with horny margins.
  • Bears white to pink bearded flowers all year.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea lorifolia

  • Grows to a shrub of between 1m and 3m, with large strap-like leaves.
  • Bears big flowers in autumn/winter with creamy/pink bracts and purple-brown beard in the middle.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea obtusifolia

  • Shrub that grows to between 2 and 4m, with rich dark green leaves.
  • Flowers in Autumn, Winter and Spring with large white/red flowers.
  • Soil: alkaline.
  • Climate: coastal, sensitive to hard frosts.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.