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Protea angustata

Protea angustata
Common names: Kleinmond sugarbush
Family: Proteaceae

This is a protea you will be lucky to find when walking through the fynbos. Not only are there few plants, but they are also very cryptic. They are low-growing...

16 / 08 / 2010 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Protea aurea subsp. potbergensis

Protea aurea subsp. potbergensis
Common names: Potberg sugarbush
Family: Proteaceae

Protea aurea subsp. potbergensis flowers in early winter when little else is flowering in the garden. The flowers are large and planted en...

03 / 08 / 2009 | Louise Nurrish | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea burchellii

Protea burchellii
Common names: Burchell's sugarbush ( Eng. ); blinksuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea burchellii is a medium-sized, winter-flowering shrub and a delightful addition to any fynbos garden....

23 / 06 / 2008 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea caffra

Protea caffra
Common names: sugar bush (English); gewone suikerbos (Afrikaans); isiQalaba (Zulu, Xhosa)
Family: Proteaceae

The common sugar bush is one of three proteas which occur in the Witwatersrand area. ...

05 / 02 / 2001 | Alice Aubrey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Protea compacta

Protea compacta
Common names: Bot River protea, Bot River sugarbush, Compacta ( Eng. ); duinesuikerbos, suikerkan, Botrivier-protea (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

The Bot River sugarbush is ideally suited to the larger coastal fynbos gardens where, if planted en masse , it will provide a pink or white splash...

10 / 09 / 2007 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea cordata

Leaves and flowers: Photo Amida Johns
Common names: Heart-leaf sugarbush; hartblaarsuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

This little protea is something of a Cinderella before the glass slipper came her way. The flower heads growing at ground level are unobtrusive, small...

15 / 07 / 2013 | Jane Forrester | Harold Porter NBG
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Protea coronata

Protea coronata flower head
Common names: green protea, green sugarbush (Eng.); groenhofiesuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea coronata has bright apple-green inflorescences hidden amongst its silvery foliage; it's not a showy garden shrub but the very attractive...

15 / 09 / 2008 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Pelargonium carnosum subsp. carnosum

Pelargonium carnosum
Common names: fleshy-stalk pelargonium (Eng.); vetplantmalva (Afr.)
Family: Geraniaceae

This attractive, drought-resistant, deciduous, succulent pelargonium is a winter grower that does not sprout after fire....

01 / 10 / 2018 | Samkelisiwe Ntuli | Karoo Desert NBG
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Protea cynaroides

P.cynaroides
Common names: King Protea, Grootsuikerkan.
Family: Proteaceae

Surely the best known protea, prized worldwide as a magnificent cut flower and in South Africa honoured as the national flower....

09 / 07 / 2001 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea eximia

Protea eximia flower head
Common names: broad-leaf sugarbush, duchess protea, (Eng.); breëblaarsuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea eximia is a robust, easy-to-grow protea, presenting its showy, deep pink, purple-centred flower heads above greyish green foliage....

24 / 08 / 2009 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus tenuicaulis

Plectranthus tenuicaulis
Common names: Angolan blue coleus (Eng.); Angola blouspoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus tenuicaulis is an aromatic shrub with panicles of dark blue flowers in autumn and winter, from the southwestern highlands of Angola. Easily...

08 / 10 / 2018 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea laetans

Protea laetans flowerhead and bud
Common names: Blyde protea, Blyde sugarbush (Eng.); Blydesuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

The Blyde protea is a small tree with bluish-green foliage and deep carmine flowerheads, and is one of the few proteas that are found in the summer-rainfall...

16 / 07 / 2012 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea lanceolata

Protea lanceolata flower head
Common names: lance-leaf sugarbush (Eng.); smalblaarsuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

With its neat shape, white flower heads and tolerance for coastal and alkaline conditions, Protea lanceolata makes a perfect windbreak for a...

07 / 09 / 2009 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea laurifolia

Protea laurifolia flower head
Common names: laurel protea, laurel-leaf protea, grey-leaf sugarbush (Eng.); louriersuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea laurifolia is a bearded protea with large, pale pink or cream flower heads during the winter months. It is also frost hardy, water-wise and...

15 / 06 / 2009 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea lepidocarpodendron

Protea Lepidocarpodendron on St James Peak
Common names: Black-bearded Protea, Black-bearded Sugarbush, Black Protea ( Eng. ), Swartbaardsuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Not as eye-catching as many of its relatives, this lovely protea has hairy, black and cream-white flowerheads that peek out through the dense foliage like...

10 / 07 / 2006 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea magnifica

Protea magnifica
Common names: queen protea, queen sugarbush, bearded protea ( Eng. ); wolbaardsuikerbos ( Afr. )
Family: Proteaceae

Protea magnifica has the second largest flower head after P. cynaroides, the king protea. The queen protea is one of the most attractive and sought after...

27 / 01 / 2014 | Melissa Van der Burg | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea neriifolia

Protea neriifolia
Common names: oleander-leaf protea, narrow-leaf protea (Eng.), baardsuikerbos, baardsuikerkan, blousuikerkan (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea neriifolia is an excellent plant for the garden and an outstanding and long lasting cut flower....

30 / 07 / 2001 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea nitida

Protea nitida in cultivation
Common names: wagon tree ( English); waboom, blousuikerbos, bobbejaansuikerbos, brandhout. (Afrikaans)
Family: Proteaceae

With its long history and good looks, Protea nitida is a gem in the fynbos world. It is the only Protea species to form large trees...

18 / 06 / 2007 | M Twine | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea obtusifolia

Protea obtusifolia
Common names: Bredasdorp protea, limestone protea, limestone sugarbush (Eng.); Bredasdorpsuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea obtusifolia has shiny, richly coloured flower heads during winter, and it is one of the few proteas that thrive in alkaline or acidic soils,...

27 / 07 / 2009 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Protea repens

Protea repens
Common names: sugarbush, common sugarbush, real sugarbush, honey protea (Eng.), suikerbos, stroopbos, opregtesuikerbos (Afr.)
Family: Proteaceae

Protea repens is an excellent addition to any wildlife-friendly garden as the large amount of nectar produced by the flowers attracts birds, bees and other...

03 / 06 / 2002 | Hanneke Jamieson | Kirstenbosch NBG
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