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botanical name:
Protea repens
Protea repens © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Common Sugarbush, Suikerbos
synonyms:  Protea mellifera
family:  Proteaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 3.00m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: brown
main season: All Year
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: 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.

other notes:
Native to South Africa.

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