This plant has no fragrance
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The species name of 'repens', meaning 'creeping' is misleading as Protea repens is an upright, much-branched shrub. Protea repens is one of the easiest, most adaptable and reliable proteas in cultivation and has a great cultural heritage as it inspired songs such as "Suikerbos ek wil jou hê", which was composed on Lion's Head near Cape Town! This protea has been found at altitudes up to 1500 metres and can be found scattered in between the other fynbos plants or in dense stands. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.
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How to harvest Sugarbush
Flowers can be harvested all year round as some plants in Winterrainfall areas flowers in Winter, while other variants flower into summer.
How to propagate Sugarbush
Only 10% of seed will be viable. The best sowing time is during Autumn and a smoke treatment is beneficial. Sowing depth should be 1.5 times the size of the seed. Germination takes 3-4 weeks.
Cuttings are made from semi-hardwood, 6-10 cm long, of the current season's growth. Dip cuttings in a rooting hormone solution and place in a warm, moist place.
It can also be grafted or budded.
Special features of Sugarbush
Produces nectar which attracts nectar loving birds.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like ants, bees and butterflies.
Makes a dense wild screen along a border.
Other uses of Sugarbush
Grown for their colourful bracted flower heads.
'Bossiestroop' or bush syrup, boiled from the nectar collected, is used curing coughs and other chest ailments.
Nectar from the flower can be eaten and is enjoyed by birds and insects.
An excellent adaptable garden plant and cut flower.