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Protea grandiceps - 5 Seed Pack - Indigenous Endemic Cut Flower Fynbos Shrub, New

Protea grandiceps - 5 Seed Pack - Indigenous Endemic Cut Flower Fynbos Shrub, New

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Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes in Eglish and Suikerbos in Afrikaans. The genus Protea was named after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will, because plants within this genus have such a wide variety of forms. The Proteaceae family to which proteas belong is an ancient one. Its ancestors grew in Gondwana, 300 million years ago. Most protea occur south of the Limpopo River. They are evergreen shrubs or trees usually found in fynbos. Protea blossoms make excellent cut flowers, keeping their colour for up to three weeks.


In the garden they do well in rockeries and also make excellent feature plants. An added attraction during flowering time is the numerous birds attracted to the plants. Other well-known genera of the Proteaceae are Aulax with brightly coloured pincushion flowers, Leucospermum also known as pincushions, Leucadendron with decorative woody cones and Serruria, of which Serruria florida, the blushing bride, with its beautiful pale pink flowers is the most well-known, Spatalla and Telopea with its unique bright flowers.

Protea grandiceps commonly known as Red Sugarbush or Peach Protea in English and Rooi-suikerbos, Rooisuikerkan, Rooi-suikerkan or Suikerbos in Afrikaans is a South African endemic species. It grows in the Eastern Cape Province from the Cape Peninsula to Kouga. The Peach Protea has a neat, rounded habit. The broad, grey green leaves have red margins. From spring until late autumn, the Peach Protea bears incurving flowers which scarcely open, but are still attractive, flushed a peach pink and tipped with fluffy white hairs.

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