Protea Longifolia (Long-leaf Sugarbush)

Protea Longifolia Seeds (Long-leaf Sugarbush Seeds)


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Fast growing in a coastal habitat. Pollinated by Sunbirds and Sugarbirds, and attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.


Protea longifolia also know as Longleaf sugar bush, is from the Proteaceae family. Native of southern Africa. It is mostly found on low mountain slopes. Fast growing in a coastal habitat. It is evergreen with leathery texture, long narrow, upward-curving leaves. Its pattern of making new leaves in the heat of summer is a special feature of this protea. From April to October, it starts producing new growths, right after the flowering season. In this, they are totally out of synchrony with all other Fynbos plants. It appears that the deep roots of the protea allow them to tap water even in the heat of summer. All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested. This species flowers intermittently from autumn to the following spring, providing winter interest. Winter flowers have creamy white/pink/green bracts with large woolly cone knob in the middle. The flower heads are stunning. They are pollinated by Sunbirds and Sugarbirds, and attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. Hardiness zone: 9 (-5ºC/25ºF) in winter. Must grow in well drained, slightly acid, gravely soil in a sunny, airy position. Will benefit from a deep mulch of pine needles.
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Common name Long-leaf Sugarbush
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Species Protea longifolia
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Smoke Seed Primer is ideal for treating seeds of Protea. You can purchase this in the Smoke Seed Primer category. You can also soak the seeds in hot water for a couple hours.

Many wildflower seeds are dormant and need very specific conditions for germination. The smoke seed primer solution contains a combination of natural substances that overcome dormancy and stimulate seed germination.

Germination requires 1 to 3 months at approximately 18°-20°C. Germination can take longer, don't give up.
Scarification / Stratification No
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