Forest sugarbush

Protea mundii

White protea, Witsuikerbos, Boswitsuikerbos (Afr.)

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Protea mundii, flowerhead.
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Although not as eye-catching as the glorious king protea (Protea cynaroides), Protea mundii has a pronounced and unusual charm to it that will add value to any garden. Being fast growing, quick flowering, tolerant of a variety of soil types, generally quite tough and a host to many nectar feeding birds and bees, it is surprising that it is still so underutilized by gardeners! Many people are also often surprised to learn that there is a small white protea when they first encounter the pale cream-coloured and petite flowerheads. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Special features

Attracts birds

Wind break

Hedge plant

Attracts bees

Pioneer

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil type

Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Proteaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Cream, Green, White

Credits

profile iconProtea mundii
by Megan Blatchford, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, February 2016 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)