Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called Sugarbushes. Most Protea occur south of the Limpopo River. 92% of the species occur only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown, South Africa. MOST PROTEAS WILL FLOWER FROM YEAR 3 AFTER PLANTING, but the spectacular flowers are well worth the wait.
This sturdy, dense shrub produces fairly large, distinctly chalice shaped flowers ranging in colour from cream to deep red. It is an excellent addition to any “wild-life” garden as the large amount of nectar produced by the flowers attracts birds, bees and other insects. The plants are tolerant to a large variety of growing conditions but will show frost damage at temperatures below -4 degrees Celsius. 2-4M
BOTANICAL NAME: Protea Repens
COMMON NAME: Protea Repens. Sugar Bush
AFRIKAANS NAME: Suiker Bos