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USDA zone 8 fynbos and protea seeds

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Arctotis stoechadifolia

  • This species is a wonderful ground cover with lovely soft grey foliage and dusky pink/white flowers.
  • It spreads very quickly and fills up gaps in you garden beautifully – attractive even when not flowering.
  • It does very well on banks and is very hardy.
  • Does well in full sun.
Arctotis stoechadifolia$0.07

Thamnochortus spicigerus

  • This robust species forms large tussocks, growing to a height of 1.5m.
  • The stems, because of their heaviness, are used for thatching.
  • This attractive species grows in acidic or alkaline soils and does well in hot, windy, coastal areas.
  • It is long lived and the clumps increase by means of their strong rhizomes.
  • It is a stunning accent plant and grows well with other fynbos species.
  • Flowering occurs from autumn to winter.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy t.o USDA zone 8

Elegia macrocarpa

  • This is one of the smaller restios growing to around 1m tall.
  • The female plant  consists of attractive dark brown berry-like flower heads.
  • The male plant has smaller dark, brown spikelets growing close together along the stems.
  • Both are very attractive and popular as accent plants and also are very striking when grown in clumps in the bigger gardens.
  • It enjoys dry areas.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Previously known as Dovea macrocarpa

Tripteris oppositifolium

  • This is a sturdy upright shrub, growing to a height of around 0.5-1m.
  • It provides a lovely yellow flower from winter through to spring.
  • It loves a position of full sun and adds a lovely splash of color at the end of the gloomy winter months.
  • Previously known as 'Osteospermum' oppositifolium. 
Tripteris oppositifolium (previously known as Osteospermum oppositifolium) $0.07

Felicia aethiopica

  • This is a stunning, spreading perennial with pale blue daisy flowers and yellow centres.
  • It flowers all year through on longish stems and is very rewarding, adding a splash of color to your garden.
  • It grows 0.5 - 1m tall and enjoys a position of full sun.
  • Also does well in a container, as a border and also in rockeries.
Felicia aethiopica$0.07

Felicia heterophylla

  • This is a stunning low growing spring annual with blue daisy flowers and striking dark blue centers.
  • It grows 200-300mm tall and will provide a vivid splash of blue to your garden.
  • It flowers during spring and is ideal for planting in between other low growing plants.
  • It does well in a container and looks quite spectacular when grown in groups.
Felicia heterophylla$0.07

Erica glandulosa

  • This is a strong grower, growing to a height of 0.5-0.7m.
  • It grows into an attractive, sturdy, rounded shrub and is ideal for a smaller garden.
  • The tubular flowers are curved and pink to orange in color.
  • The flowers appear from autumn to spring.
  • It would also do well grown in a pot.

Thamnochortus rigidus

  • This is a lovely, showy species for smaller gardens.
  • It grows to a height of about 80cm and will thrive in a moist position in your garden – either in full sun or light shade.
  • It would also be a good species to grow in a pot.
  • It has very attractive seed heads appearing in summer.
  • It is a hardy species and would be a great addition to any garden.
  • Seeds should be sown in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Ursinia calenduliflora

  • This annual produces stunning orange flowers with dark centers and has a delicate, lacy foliage.
  • Flowering occurs in spring.
  • It grows to a height of about 35cm and will add a stunning bright splash of color to your garden.
  • It enjoys sandy soil and will be happiest in a dry area in your garden.
Ursinia calenduliflora$0.07

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.

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 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.

Aristea capitata

  • Grows to a height of 1-1.5m with a spread of 1.5m.
  • This is a tall elegant plant with deep blue flowers running along the stem.
  • Flowers in spring - and is attractive all year around.
  • Very easy to propagate from seed.
  • Enjoys full sun and a winter rainfall.

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.

Leucadendron concavum

  • Grows to 1.5 m, with small oval furry leaves.
  • Cream flowers in Spring, and produces distinctive cones with dense hairs.
  • 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 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.

Erica versicolor

  • Erica versicolor is a strong, robust shrub - growing up to 2.5m tall with a spread of 2m.
  • The tubular body of the flower is red with green to whitish coloring towards the tips.
  • Versicolor flowers all year around and enjoys a position of full sun.
  • This is a strong grower, suitable for difficult gardens.
  • It is lovely as a cut flower.
  • It will most definitely attract sunbirds to your garden.
  • It is one of the easiest ericas to grow, is waterwise and is suitable for large or small gardens.
  • Benefits from pruning to give it a more rounded shape.
  • Sow seeds 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.



Mimetes chrysanthus

Commonly known as Golden Pagoda

  • Grows into an erect shrub - upto 2m in height.
  • Has greenish, grey leaves with a single trunk.
  • Produces dense flowerheads from late summer to early winter.
  • Is great sepciman for small garden or pots or rockery
  • Enjoys being lightly pruned.
  • Will attract nectar feeding birds to your garden.
  • It is easy to grow and seeds should be sown in autumn.
Golden Pagoda$0.09

Leucadendron salignum

Commonly known as Common Sunshine Conebush, Geelbos

  • Grows to 2m, a multi-stemmed plant with persistent rootstock.
  • Leaves hairless, not shiny.
  • Flowers vary in color from creamy yellow to red to deep gold.
  • Flowers in spring to summer and has a yeasty odour.
  • Grows in a wide range of soil types, from sea-level to 2000m.
  • A very variable species.
  • Can also be grown in pots.
  • Easy to grow and adaptable
  • Sow in autumn
  • Gardy to USDA zone 8

Barleria obtusa

Commonly known as Bush Violet 

  • It is a perennial plant with multi-stems up to 80 cm in length.
  • It is fast growing and spreading and seeds itself successfully.
  • It's evergreen, with the blue/purple flowers occurring in abundance in autumn.
  • It is a wonderful plant for rockeries and as a ground cover or in small gardens.
  • It is drought and frost resistant and can be grown in full sun or semi-shade.
  • It is a very rewarding plant for any garden.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • 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.

Aulax pallasia

Commonly known as Needleleaf Featherbush

  • Grows into a 1-2m shrub.
  • It linear, needle-like leaves leaves that are broader at their tips.
  • Produces yellow flowers in summer.
  • 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 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.

Leonotis leonurus


Commonly known as Wild Dagga,   Lion's Ear


  • It grows to a height of about 2 m.
  • This is a showy shrub with brilliant orange velvety flowers, with long upper parts which stay in good condition for longer than the lower petals.
  • It has four angled leafy stems and the leaves are coarse and hairy and occur in pairs.
  • It is a very adaptable plant and will grow almost anywhere.
  • It requires a sunny position.
  • Plant seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Will attract sunbirds to your garden.
  • An infusion is made of 2-3 cups of leaves, stems and flowers in a litre of boiling water and left to cool.
  • When added to your bath, this will give relief to muscular aches and pains, itchy skin and eczema.
  • You can also dab it directly onto bites, boils and bee stings.



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 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

Waterwise Starter Pack

Grow these hardy, waterwise plants to help save water. The starter pack includes beautiful and sometimes, medicinally useful, garden plants, that do not need constant care in order to look good. Detailed growing instructions are included in pack.


Leucadendron gandogeri seed

Grows to 1.6m with elliptic, smooth, shiny leaves.

In spring the large top leaves turn bright yellow, flushed with orange and red.

Sow in Autumn. USDA Zone 8.

Female Leucadendron Gandogeri plant showing cones

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 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

Leucadendron sessile

Western sun conebush, Tolbos

  • This species grows to 1.5m into a stout sbrub.
  • When young the involucral leaves are yellow but turn red in older plants.
  • Flowers in spring.
  • Very attractive species.
  • Tolerates a wide variety of soil types.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8.

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.

Felicia echinata

Commonly known in South Africa in afrikaans as the Bloublommetjie

  • It grows into a 1m tall shrub and the flowers vary from mauve to blue to white.
  • Flowering time lasts from autumn through to spring.
  • It is tolerant of wind and also does very well in a container.
  • It looks quite spectacular when grown in groups.
Felicia echinata$0.07

Gazania krebsiana

Commonly known in South Africa, in afrikaans, as Botterblom or in english as the Terracotta gazania

  • It is one of the more spectacular species of the Namaqualand wild flowers.
  • This herbaceous perennial, with it's orange flowers – flowering from early spring to end of summer - gives a stunning flash of color to any garden.
  • They form tufted clumps and are excellent as pioneer plants.
  • They grow upto 20cm tall and are very effective as a ground cover.
  • They thrive in most environments and the seeds germinate easily after the first rains.
Gazania krebsiana - commonly known in South Africa,  in afrikaans, as Botterblom or in english as the Terracotta gazania $0.07

Leucadendron chamelaea

Commonly known as Witsenberg Conebush

  • Grows to 2m, with very narrow leaves. 
  • Grows into sparsely branched shrub
  • Flowers have bright yellow involucral bracts
  • Flowers in Spring.
  • Is popular as a cut flower
  • This is an endangered species.
  • Sow seeds in Autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8.

Tulbaghia violaceae

Commonly known as‘ Wild Garlic

  • It has dainty mauve flowers all through the year.
  • It's a very attractive, pleasing garden species and does very well in containers too.
  • It grows easily in most soils.
  •  Enjoys full sun and can also be used as a ground cover.
  • Grows to a height of 20-30cm.
  • Great for that hot corner in your garden - can go for long periods without water - but does thrive with water.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • It's a summer growing evergreen species.
  • It smells of garlic if injured.
  • It is fast growing and drought resistant.
  • It is considered by the Zulus to be a good snake repellent and is planted around their homes for this reason.
  • An infusion can be made by adding a bulb to boiling water – this mixture is then taken to relieve colds, coughs and flu and also to destroy intestinal worms.
  • The flowers and leaves are also used as a hot, peppery seasoning with meat and potatoes.

Protea nitida

Commonly known as Wa-boom, Wagon tree

  • Protea nitida grows to a 5m tree with light bluish/sea-green leaves.
  • The young leaves of the protea nitida are crimson.
  • The protea nitida flower in winter is creamy white and saucer-like.
  • This protea tree has good wood originally used to fashion wagon-wheels.
  • Protea nitida prefers coastal areas.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA Zone 8.

Senecia elegans

Commonly known as the Wild cineraria

  • This is an annual, growing 0.3-1m tall and flowers in spring.
  • It can be grown in full sun or semi-shade, and is a beautiful and adaptable specimen for any garden.
  • The flowers vary from purple to white with yellow centers.
  • It grows well near the coast and is tolerant of strong winds.
Senecio elegans - also known as Wild cineraria or Strandblommetjie$0.07

Protea aurea seed

Commonly known as the Common shuttlecock sugarbush

belongs to group called White sugarbushes

  • grows to height of 3-5m with width of about 2m
  • has oblong leaves and candle-shaped buds which open to a cream/pink/crimson flower, like a shuttlecock
  • flowers from summer to autumn
  • very hardy & adaptable species
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8
  • attracts nectar feeding birds and bees
  • needs to be pruned back after flowering
  • is a fast grower

Protea acaulos seed

Commonly known as the Common ground protea

Belongs to the group of ground growing sugarbushes

  • It has dwarf, prostrate growth.
  • This species uses an underground branch system with a few trailing stems above ground.
  • Flowers are pale pink to brown occuring at ground level
  • Flowering occurs in spring.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Protea amplexicaulis

Commonly known as the Clasping-leaf sugarbush

belongs to group called Rodent sugarbushes

  • grows to 0.4m sprawling shrub, with blue-green heart-shaped leaves which clasp the stem
  • flowers are reddish with involucre that is velvety-brown outside and white/pale pink inside
  • flowering  occurs in winter to early spring
  • the flowers have a yeasty odour to attract mouse pollinators
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8

Protea acuminata seed

Commonly known as the Black-rim protea 

belongs to group called Rose sugarbushes

  • grows to height of 1 - 2 m into compact, erect rounded shrub
  • leaves are linear and smooth
  • it produces small flowers with white to wine-red bracts
  • flowers in late winter and early spring
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8
  • the flowers are good as cut flowers

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Commonly known as the Arum Lily.

  • It grows to a height of 1m, can be grown in full sun or semi-shade, and is a beautiful specimen for any garden.
  • It has creamy-ivory spathes and flowers from spring to summer.
  • It is striking as a cut flower with lovely long stems.
  • Enjoys a moist position.
  • The young leaves and stems are used as a relish with other foods - cut up and boiled they are often added to mielie-meal porridge.
  • The leaves are also used to treat burns & insect bites - very soothing, and they are used to draw boils and infected sores. The leaves need to be washed with hot water and, while still warm, placed on the affected area and bound on with bandage or plaster to keep them in position and left on overnight. This process can be repeated if necessary.

Dimorphotheca sinuata

Commonly known as the 'African or Namaqualand' daisy

  • This is a spring/summer flowering annual.
  • It's responsible for the sheets of brilliant orange/yellow flowers that attract so many visitors to the Western Cape in the spring.
  • It is easily grown from seed and hence very rewarding.
  • Grows well in rockeries, on slopes and is a stunning addition to any garden
  • The flowers will attract butterflies and the bees love to collect nectar from them too.
  • Great for a small garden.
Commonly known as 'African Daisy'$0.07

Thamnochortus insignis

Commonly known as Thatching Reed

  • Their heavy stems make them ideal for thatching.
  • They grow to a height of 2m and should be planted in a position of full sun.
  • They consist of very attractive tussocks - and are beautiful ornamental plants, which can be grown in the open, in rockeries and also in pots.
  • They can be planted in moist or dry sandy locations.
  • Flowering occurs in summer and lasts for about 4 weeks.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Are hardy to USDA zone 8.

Elegia tectorum

Commonly known as Thatching Reed, Dekriet

  • This was the reed originally used for thatching, but has been replaced by Thamnocortus Insignus, which has longer stems.
  • It grows to a height of 1m with a spread of the same.
  • It has thin dark green stems with nearly black sheaths making it a very attractive and popular ornamental plant.
  • Flowering occurs in autumn and lasts for about a month.
  • Sow seeds in autumn
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Previously known as Chondropetalum tectorum

Protea susannae

Commonly known as Stink-leaf Sugarbush, Stinkblaarsuikerbos

  • Protea susannae grows to a 2 to 3m shub.
  • The protea susannae leaves smell offensively like sulphur when crushed.
  • The protea flowers from autumn to spring, with oblong and brownish-pink flowers.
  • Protea susannae is a fast and robust grower in acid to alkaline sandy soil.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.