Sugarbush Protea


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Sugarbush Protea
Common Name: Sugarbush Protea
Botanical Name: Protea repens (pro-TEE-a REE-pens)
Decorative Life: 10-20 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
  • For other species, leaf blackening due in part to low light and therefore low carbohydrate can be a problem, keep in well-lit situation. The sugar in some flower foods can sometimes prevent leaf blackening. However, it seems that glucose works better than sucrose, which may explain why some flower foods work and others do not in preventing leaf blackening. However, specific data with this species has not been located.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Proteaceae (protea family).
  • Native of South Africa.
  • Relatives include Grevillea, Leucodendron, Leucospermum and Banksia.
Personality:
  • Has numerous flowers in cone-shaped heads, 4-6 inches long, surrounded by stiff colored bracts.
  • Stems with leathery leaves, cut to various lengths.
  • Plant is an evergreen shrub, classed as a dicotyledon.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Much of the year but mainly summer.
Flower Color: Bracts pink, white, orange, red.
Storage Specifics: 32-34 F, provide light during storage to prevent leaf blackening.
Tidbits:
  • Named after Proteus, a Greek sea god with the power of prophecy. The specific epithet name repens means creeping.
  • Flowers produce copious amounts of nectar, hence the common name "sugarbush". The nectar was used medicinally to cure coughs and chest complaints in the 19th century.
  • Sugarbush was the unofficial national flower of South Africa for 200 years but was displaced officially in 1976 when the King Protea (P. cynaroides) was designated the country's national flower.
  • Spectacular focal points in contemporary arrangements, the durable Protea will often bloom for several months.
  • Suitable for drying. Leaves can turn black due to low light and especially due to lack of carbohydrate. Therefore, make sure a fresh flower food containing sugar is used.