Sugarbush Protea – Protea repens Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Sugarbush Protea Botanical Name: Protea repens, pro-TEE-a REE-pens Decorative Life: 10-20 days. Flower Color: Orange, Pink, Red, White Availability: Summer 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. 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.