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. The extraordinary richness and diversity of species characteristic of the Cape Flora is thought to be caused in part by the diverse landscape where populations can become isolated from each other and in time develop into separate species.
A 2m to 4m shrub/tree with blue-grey leaves and water lily-like flowers. Bracts open wide with white/pink flowers in middle summer-winter.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to Sow - Autumn
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