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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 acuminata

Protea acuminata

1 (2)m, erect shrub from sandy flats at 400m. Only few isolated populations left Nieuwdtville, Cederberg, and Stettynskloof to Riversonderderend Mountains. Has smooth linear leaves, flowers are small with wine red bracts in II-VI.

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seed package 2376 € 4,99
Protea amplexicaulis

Protea amplexicaulis

50cm, dwarf, creeping woody shrub with heart shaped to ovate, bluish green leaves and terminal, reddish brown flower cups. For any humus rich, preferably loam-free, slightly moist soil in full sun throughout the year. In winter keep plants cooler at a minimum of some 10°C with reduced watering.

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seed package 3813 € 4,99
Protea aurea

Protea aurea

3 (5)m, oblong leaves, candle shaped buds open to a cream-pink flower. Very easy and adaptable species from sandy soils at 800m. XII-VII.

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seed package 2379 € 5,99
Protea burchelii

Protea burchelii

1 (2)m, erect spreading shrub with fairly large cup shaped white greenish to pink red bearded flowers. Easy in rich soils. II-IV .

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seed package 2380 € 4,99
Protea caffra

Protea caffra

3 (7)m, large shrub to small, multi branching tree, long elliptic leaves and completely unfolding pink flower cup. IX-XII.

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seed package 2381 € 4,99
Protea compacta

Protea compacta

2 (4)m, erect lax growing shrub with cup shaped flowers with long pink involucral bracts and ciliate margins. Very attractive species for sandy soils. III-IX.

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seed package 2384 € 4,99
Protea coronata

Protea coronata

2 (3)m, erect shrub with deep cup shaped flowers with apple green bracts and white to pink woolly awns forming a crown. Grow in heavy clay soils at some 750m in the Bredasdorp and Outeniqua Mountains. IV-X.

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seed package 2414 € 4,99
Protea cryophylla (Snow Protea)

Protea cryophylla (Snow Protea)

1m, Snow Protea is an unusual, almost trunkless woody shrub from the Cederberg mountain with chanelled leathery leaves and very showy white flower heads. For any humus-rich, very well drained soil in full sun throughout the year. In winter reduce watering and keep plants always well aerated and at a minimum of some 10°C. II-VI.

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seed package9537 € 9,99
Protea cynaroides (King Protea)

Protea cynaroides (King Protea)

150 (250)cm, King Protea is a multi-stemmed upright shrub from Cederberg to Port Elizabeth. It makes very distinctive leaves and very large flower heads with white, red and pink bracts. One of the showiest and most easily cultivated Protea species. For any humus-rich, very well drained soil in full sun throughout the year. In winter reduce watering and keep plants always well aerated and at a minimum of some 10°C. II-VIII.

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seed package 2416 € 4,99
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Protea decurrens

Protea decurrens

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seed package8922 € 5,99
Protea eximia

Protea eximia

250 (500)cm, broad leather like silver green leaves with red margins, large, broadly opening, scarlet red flower cups. From sandstone and quartzite soils at up to 1.000m from Keeromsberg, Langeberg, Swartberg to Kouda Mountains and Elandsberg. VI-IX.

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seed package 2418 € 7,99
Protea grandiceps

Protea grandiceps

2m, very rare species known from only a dozen isolated sites in the Riviersonderend Mountains to Kammansie Mountains. Has broad oval glaucous leaves, pink to red flowers with dense white-maroon beards. VII-XI.

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seed package 2421 € 7,99
Protea lacticolor

Protea lacticolor

2 (6)m, glaucous leaves, creamy white to pink flowers with silky-fringed bracts. A showy Protea species growing at stream banks at some 1.500m from Slanghoek to Groenland Mountains. X-III.

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seed package 2076 € 7,99
Protea lanceolata

Protea lanceolata

2 (4)m, fresh green leaves on red stems. Pure white flower heads, cream white outer bracts. Endangered species from Potberg to Riversdale Flats at some 200m in sandy soil. Long flowering period from X-IV.

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seed package 2078 € 7,99
Protea laurifolia

Protea laurifolia

2 (8)m, erect shrub or smaller tree, glaucous leaves with undulated margins, white to pink bearded flowers all year long. Grows in sandy or granite soils at 1.200m from Nieuwoudville to Franschhoek and Anysberg. V-X.

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seed package 2077 € 5,99
Protea lepidocarpodendron

Protea lepidocarpodendron

2 (3)m, Protea from the Peninsula to Bredasdorp at 600m. Has luxuriant foliage, narrow oblong flowers, attractive white-pink inner bracts edged with dark beard. II-X.

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seed package 2079 € 5,99
Protea longifolia

Protea longifolia

150cm, Protea from Du Toitskloof to Agulhas in sandy soils at some 1.000m. Makes long narrow leaves, creamy white-pink and green bracts with prominent woolly black knob in center. V-VIII.

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seed package 2036 € 5,99
Protea lorifolia

Protea lorifolia

150 (300)cm, compact growing round shrub with long silver green leaves. Dense flower heads in orange brown, reddish inside. Native to sandstone soils in Riviersonderend Mountains to Riebeek East and Bosberg. X-IV.

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seed package 2116 € 7,99
Protea magnifica

Protea magnifica

50 (100)cm, sprawling shrub from the montane zone near the snow line at some 2.700 with large heavily bearded flowers with white-pink bracts around hairy-tipped perianth. Very variable species from Koue Bokkeveld to central Langeberg. VII-XI.

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seed package 2035 € 7,99
Protea mundii

Protea mundii

3 (8)m, large shrub or tree, small oblong creamy white flowers. Very easy and resistant species from moist slopes and forest margins at 1.300m in Kogelberg to Klein River Mountains and Winterhoek Mountains. III-VII.

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seed package 2117 € 4,99
Protea nana

Protea nana

1m, unique shrub from Porterville to Du Toitskloof growing on mountain slopes at 900m. This species is densely branched but has a compact growth, needle-like leaves and beautiful wine red pendulous flowers in IV-VI.

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seed package 2030 € 5,99
Protea neriifolia

Protea neriifolia

2 (3)m, narrow leaves, flower bracts creamy green to deep pink, beard white to purple-black. Variable species growing in sandstone at some 1.300m from Hottentots-Holland Mountains to Potberg, Tulbagh and Ceres. V-XII.

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seed package 2251 € 4,99
Protea nitida

Protea nitida

2 (5)m, a rather widespread Protea species from Bokkeveld to Cape Peninsula growing in drier, lower slopes at some 1.200m. It makes light bluish to forest green leaves, young leaves are crimson, and creamsih-white flowers saucers. For any humus-rich, very well drained soil in full sun throughout the year. In winter reduce watering and keep plants always well aerated and at a minimum of some 10°C. II-IV.

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seed package 9538 € 5,99
Protea obtusifolia

Protea obtusifolia

2 (4)m, rich dark green leaves, large white red flowers. From alkaline soils growing on hills at some 200m in the Elim, Bredasdorp and Riversdale Flats areas. III-IX.

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seed package 2260 € 4,99
Protea punctata

Protea punctata

2 (4)m, blue green leaves, water lily like flowers, bracts open wide and pink to white-pink. Native to Cederberg to Riviersonderend Mountains growing in sandstone or shale slopes. X-IV.

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seed package 2029 € 5,99