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common name: Common Sugarbush, Suikerbos
synonyms: Protea mellifera
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: -4°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Large, strong growing shrub of well-branched, upright habit (despite the name!). Normally grows to about 2.5 metres but can sometimes attain a much greater height. Leathery grey-green leaves. Large cone-shaped flowerheads, varying in colour from cream to deep pink and red. Long lasting brown seedheads follow.
Best in well drained, neutral to acid soil and a warm, sunny position, but fairly adaptable to a range of soils. Withstands short periods of a few degrees below freezing.
From seed or cuttings.
Good cut flower.
The abundantly produced nectar was once collected and boiled into a sugary syrup, "bossiestroop", which was used medicinally in cough mixtures and to treat diabetes.
Native to South Africa.