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Alkaline soil fynbos and protea seeds

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Protea burchellii

Burchells protea

belongs to group called Spoon-bract sugarbushes

named after Willian John Burchell, a British explorer and naturalist

  • the flowers vary from shiny, cream to pink to carmine, tipped with a black or white beard
  • this is an erect, spreading shrub, 1 - 2m tall and upto 3m across
  • flowerheads have short flowers sunken within the long involucral bracts
  • grows in varied soils, but favours richer soil
  • flowering occurs in winter and flowers are excellent as cut flowers
  • flowers are easy to grow and quite hardy
  • sow in autumn
  • does well in coastal gardens

Erica plukenetti

Commonly known as Plukenet's heath or Hangertjie (Afrikaans)

  • Erica plukenetti is a sturdy, upright shrub.
  • Grows to a height of around 0.6 - 0.9m.
  • It provides an excellent cut flower almost all year round.
  • The flowers are tubular in shape and are either white or deep red (as seen in picture).
  • They grow in dense, hanging spikes.
  • Plukenetti is one of the most adaptable ericas.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8
  • In southern hemisphere, sow in autumn and northern hemisphere, in spring

Protea roupelliae

Commonly known as Silver sugarbush

  • Protea roupelliae grows to a height of a 3-8m, forming a small upright tree.
  • It grows in a variety of different habitats of soil and vegetation types and is one of the few proteas found in summer rainfall areas.
  • Protea roupelliae leaves are sometimes silky and silvery, and other times smooth.
  • The protea roupelliae flower heads are goblet-shaped, pink to ruddy brown in color, with bracts covered in silk, silver hairs.
  • Flowering occurs from summer to autumn and seeds should be sown in spring.
  • Protea roupelliae is fast growing, adaptable and attractive.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.  

Protea repens

Common Sugarbush, Suikerbos, Honey Protea

Belongs to group called True sugarbushes

  • grows to shrub/tree of 4.5 m with long narrow leaves
  • flowers creamy white to red and are waxy and sticky to touch
  • they flower from Feb-Oct
  • produce lots of nectar, attracting birds and bees
  • are easy to grow from seed, adaptable to many soil types and waterwise
  • produce beautiful long-lasting cut flowers
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8
  • the sweet watery nectar that collects in the flowers used to be drained and boiled up to produce a sugary syrup – known as 'bossiestroop' – which was used as a sweetner and for medicinal use
  • ideal for coastal gardens and can be used as a windbreak

    Leucadendron coniferum

    Commonly known as Dune Conebush

    • Grows to 2m with narrow yellow-green leaves.
    • Flowers in September producing a red cone.
    • Grows in alkaline soil.
    • Sow in Autumn.
    • USDA Zone 8.

    Leucadendron laureolum

    Commonly known as Golden conebush, Loerietolbos

    • This species grows to 2m with oblong leaves.
    • The floral foliage is beautiful in winter, with large cones.
    • Produces excellent cut flowers.
    • Seeds to be sow in autumn.
    • Fast grower producing flowers within 2 years from germination.
    • Is adaptable to alkaline soil and does well in coastal areas.
    • Hardy to USDA Zone 8.

    Protea lanceolata

    Commonly known as Lance-leaf sugarbush

    • This species grows into 2-4m shrub.
    • It displays greenish-white flowers with widely splayed bracts in Winter.
    • Occurs  in coastal areas.
    • It is an adaptableplant with good rootstock.
    • Is ideal as a wind-break.
    • Will attract birds to your garden
    • Sow in Autumn.
    • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

    Leucadendron meridianum

    Commonly known as Limestone conebush

    • This species grows to 2m with abundant  narrow leaves with short hairs.
    • Involucral leaves are bright yellow with silver cones. 
    • Flowering occers from July to August
    • Grows inacidic or alkaline soil.
    • Does well in coastal gardens
    • Sow seeds in autumn.
    • Hardy to USDA Zone 8.

    Leucadendron linifolium

    Commonly known as Line-leaf conebush, Duineknoppiesbos

    • This species grows to 2m, with many erect slender branches and glabrous leaves.
    • Flowering occurs  in Spring - with small yellow flowerheads
    • Produces globose, greyish cones.
    • Grows in acidic and alkali soil.
    • Popular cut flower and filler with florists.
    • Sow seeds in Autumn.
    • Hardy to USDA Zone 8.

    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.

    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.
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    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 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 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

    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

    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 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.

    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