Protea neriifolia Ruby, Oleander-leaved protea, narrow-leaved sugarbush, Blousuikerbos

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  • Title:  Protea neriifolia Ruby, Oleander-leaved protea, narrow-leaved sugarbush, Blousuikerbos
  • Description:  One of the best-known proteas, it also has the distinction of being the first protea species to be described by botanists in 1605 and was cultivated by enthusiasts in conservatories in England and Europe as early as the early 1800’s. P. neriifolia is usually a dense shrub of up to 3 m in height with bright-green oleander-like leaves. Flower heads, while always similar in shape, vary greatly in colour. The bracts may range from pure white through soft greens and pinks to deep reds, while beards vary from white to black and often with combinations of these colours. The central flower mass can also vary from cream or buff shades to wine. The flowering period is very prolonged, with some cultivars flowering virtually year-round, although they are mainly seen from autumn to spring with a peak over winter. There are innumerable cultivars of this species marketed by nurseries and most are outstanding for both garden display and picking purposes. A selection are illustrated on this website to give an appreciation of the diversity of colours available. This selection 'Ruby' is a deeper red than usual. In nature this species tends to be mainly found growing in light, sandy soils and mild, moist climates. Under cultivation, however, it has proven one of the most adaptable proteas, thriving in a wide range of soil types provided they drain freely.
  • Owner:  Matthews Botanical Images
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  • ID:  118
  • Keywords:  Oleander leaved protea, Protea neriifolia, Proteaceae
  • Added:  Jul 29, 2015
  • Created:  May 19, 2010
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