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Acid soil fynbos and protea seeds

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Arctotis stoechadifolia

  • This species is a wonderful ground cover with lovely soft grey foliage and dusky pink/white flowers.
  • It spreads very quickly and fills up gaps in you garden beautifully – attractive even when not flowering.
  • It does very well on banks and is very hardy.
  • Does well in full sun.
Arctotis stoechadifolia$0.07

Thamnochortus spicigerus

  • This robust species forms large tussocks, growing to a height of 1.5m.
  • The stems, because of their heaviness, are used for thatching.
  • This attractive species grows in acidic or alkaline soils and does well in hot, windy, coastal areas.
  • It is long lived and the clumps increase by means of their strong rhizomes.
  • It is a stunning accent plant and grows well with other fynbos species.
  • Flowering occurs from autumn to winter.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy t.o USDA zone 8

Elegia macrocarpa

  • This is one of the smaller restios growing to around 1m tall.
  • The female plant  consists of attractive dark brown berry-like flower heads.
  • The male plant has smaller dark, brown spikelets growing close together along the stems.
  • Both are very attractive and popular as accent plants and also are very striking when grown in clumps in the bigger gardens.
  • It enjoys dry areas.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Previously known as Dovea macrocarpa

Bulbinella nutans

  • This is a winter growing species which flowers in the spring.
  • It produces delicate cream to yellow to orange flower spikes on multiple stems that are excellent as cut flowers.
  • It has long reed-like leaves and grows to a height of 0.3-1m.
  • It enjoys full sun and is a recommended garden species.

Tripteris oppositifolium

  • This is a sturdy upright shrub, growing to a height of around 0.5-1m.
  • It provides a lovely yellow flower from winter through to spring.
  • It loves a position of full sun and adds a lovely splash of color at the end of the gloomy winter months.
  • Previously known as 'Osteospermum' oppositifolium. 
Tripteris oppositifolium (previously known as Osteospermum oppositifolium) $0.07

Felicia aethiopica

  • This is a stunning, spreading perennial with pale blue daisy flowers and yellow centres.
  • It flowers all year through on longish stems and is very rewarding, adding a splash of color to your garden.
  • It grows 0.5 - 1m tall and enjoys a position of full sun.
  • Also does well in a container, as a border and also in rockeries.
Felicia aethiopica$0.07

Felicia heterophylla

  • This is a stunning low growing spring annual with blue daisy flowers and striking dark blue centers.
  • It grows 200-300mm tall and will provide a vivid splash of blue to your garden.
  • It flowers during spring and is ideal for planting in between other low growing plants.
  • It does well in a container and looks quite spectacular when grown in groups.
Felicia heterophylla$0.07

Erica glandulosa

  • This is a strong grower, growing to a height of 0.5-0.7m.
  • It grows into an attractive, sturdy, rounded shrub and is ideal for a smaller garden.
  • The tubular flowers are curved and pink to orange in color.
  • The flowers appear from autumn to spring.
  • It would also do well grown in a pot.

Thamnochortus rigidus

  • This is a lovely, showy species for smaller gardens.
  • It grows to a height of about 80cm and will thrive in a moist position in your garden – either in full sun or light shade.
  • It would also be a good species to grow in a pot.
  • It has very attractive seed heads appearing in summer.
  • It is a hardy species and would be a great addition to any garden.
  • Seeds should be sown in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Ursinia calenduliflora

  • This annual produces stunning orange flowers with dark centers and has a delicate, lacy foliage.
  • Flowering occurs in spring.
  • It grows to a height of about 35cm and will add a stunning bright splash of color to your garden.
  • It enjoys sandy soil and will be happiest in a dry area in your garden.
Ursinia calenduliflora$0.07

Protea lorifolia

  • Grows to a shrub of between 1m and 3m, with large strap-like leaves.
  • Bears big flowers in autumn/winter with creamy/pink bracts and purple-brown beard in the middle.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea laurifolia

  • Grows to an 8m tall shrub/tree.
  • The leaves are blue-green with horny margins.
  • Bears white to pink bearded flowers all year.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Aristea capitata

  • Grows to a height of 1-1.5m with a spread of 1.5m.
  • This is a tall elegant plant with deep blue flowers running along the stem.
  • Flowers in spring - and is attractive all year around.
  • Very easy to propagate from seed.
  • Enjoys full sun and a winter rainfall.

Protea longifolia

  • Grows to a 1.5m tall shrub.
  • The leaves are long and narrow (hence the name longifolia).
  • Flowers in winter with creamy white/pink/green bracts with a large woolly black knob in the middle.
  • Fast growing in a coastal habitat.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea gaguedi

  • Grows to 2-3m with thick, flaky corky bark.
  • Leaves fall off after frost.
  • Flowers are slightly scented and silvery white
  • Flowering occurs in summer.
  • Tropical, summer-rainfall protea.
  • Sow in Spring.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 9.

Leucadendron concavum

  • Grows to 1.5 m, with small oval furry leaves.
  • Cream flowers in Spring, and produces distinctive cones with dense hairs.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA Zone 8.

Protea cordata

  • Grows to 0.5m with thin un-branched erect stems from ground level.
  • Leaves are elegantly heart-shaped and red when young.
  • Flowers in Winter with a small brown flower that is rodent-pollinated.
  • Excellent cut foliage.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea sulphurea

  • Grows to 0.5m spreading shrub with horizontal branches.
  • Flowers from autumn to winter with pendulous sulphur yellow bowl-shaped flowers with greenish-purple bracts.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Erica versicolor

  • Erica versicolor is a strong, robust shrub - growing up to 2.5m tall with a spread of 2m.
  • The tubular body of the flower is red with green to whitish coloring towards the tips.
  • Versicolor flowers all year around and enjoys a position of full sun.
  • This is a strong grower, suitable for difficult gardens.
  • It is lovely as a cut flower.
  • It will most definitely attract sunbirds to your garden.
  • It is one of the easiest ericas to grow, is waterwise and is suitable for large or small gardens.
  • Benefits from pruning to give it a more rounded shape.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.

Protea subvestita

Commonly known as Waterlily sugarbush

  • Grows to a 2-5m shrub/tree, with elliptic leaves.
  • Flowers are creamy-white/pink/carmine
  • Flowering occurs from summer to winter.
  • This species is frost tolerant.
  • Can tolerate tropical areas with summer-rainfall.
  • Sow in Spring.
  • USDA zone 6.

Protea magnifica seed

Commonly known as the Queen Protea

  • Grows to 2.5m erect to sprawling shrub.
  • Large, heavily bearded white to pink flowers that make a good cut flower.
  • Difficult to grow.
  • Flowering occurs between Oct-Dec.



Serruria florida x rosea

Commonly known as Pretty in Pink

  • This is one of the most delicately beautiful cultivars of the Proteaceae family and is often used by florists in bridal bouquets. The combination of the Blushing bride (Serruria florida) and the Bridesmaid or Rose spiderhead(Serruria rosea) is stunning with it's hot pink flowers
  • It grows to a height of around 0.7m to 1m, becoming straggly if left unpruned.
  • They like full sun and resent any addition of fertilizer.
  • The flowers are small and compact and made up of clusters of up to 8 flowerheads per branch.
  • They have a pink/cerise colour with a delicate blush of pink, which is caused by the movement of the flower.
  • The flowers have a papery feel and have an exceptionally long vase life - up to 6 weeks.
  • They flower during early spring and would be a superb addition to any garden.
  • Plant seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 9.
'Pretty in Pink'$0.09

Leucospermum gueinzii

Commonly known as Kloof fountain Pincushion

  • Grows to 2.5m shrub, looks similar to Leucospermum grandiflorum.
  • Produces red flowers in summer.
  • Prefers a moister habitat to most leucospermums.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA Zone 9.

Leucospermum bolusii

Commonly known as Gordon's Bay pincushion or Witluisiesbos (Afrikaans)

  • This species is an unusual leucospermum as it's colouring is creamy/white rather than the usual striking bright yellow or orange that the others generally are.
  • It grows into an erect rounded shrub to around 1.5m tall.
  • The flower-heads are small and creamy/white in colour, appearing in numerous clusters.
  • They exude a strong, sweet fragrance and are wonderful as cut flowers.
  • It flowers in late spring and is an attractive shrub for any garden, small or large.
  • They enjoy sandy, acidic soils and a position in full sun.
  • They are hardy to USDA zone 9.
  • Should be sown in autumn and do well in coastal gardens.

Mimetes chrysanthus

Commonly known as Golden Pagoda

  • Grows into an erect shrub - upto 2m in height.
  • Has greenish, grey leaves with a single trunk.
  • Produces dense flowerheads from late summer to early winter.
  • Is great sepciman for small garden or pots or rockery
  • Enjoys being lightly pruned.
  • Will attract nectar feeding birds to your garden.
  • It is easy to grow and seeds should be sown in autumn.
Golden Pagoda$0.09

Leucadendron salignum

Commonly known as Common Sunshine Conebush, Geelbos

  • Grows to 2m, a multi-stemmed plant with persistent rootstock.
  • Leaves hairless, not shiny.
  • Flowers vary in color from creamy yellow to red to deep gold.
  • Flowers in spring to summer and has a yeasty odour.
  • Grows in a wide range of soil types, from sea-level to 2000m.
  • A very variable species.
  • Can also be grown in pots.
  • Easy to grow and adaptable
  • Sow in autumn
  • Gardy to USDA zone 8

Barleria obtusa

Commonly known as Bush Violet 

  • It is a perennial plant with multi-stems up to 80 cm in length.
  • It is fast growing and spreading and seeds itself successfully.
  • It's evergreen, with the blue/purple flowers occurring in abundance in autumn.
  • It is a wonderful plant for rockeries and as a ground cover or in small gardens.
  • It is drought and frost resistant and can be grown in full sun or semi-shade.
  • It is a very rewarding plant for any garden.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Aulax pallasia

Commonly known as Needleleaf Featherbush

  • Grows into a 1-2m shrub.
  • It linear, needle-like leaves leaves that are broader at their tips.
  • Produces yellow flowers in summer.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Protea neriifolia seed

Oleanderleaf protea, ''Blousuikerbos''

belongs to group called Bearded sugarbushes

  • grows to a 3m shrub with narrow oblong leaves
  • the flowers are creamy-green to deep pink in winter, beard white to purple-black
  • good cut flower with long vase life
  • tolerates a wide range of soils
  • does well in coastal gardens
  • can tolerate a light frost
  • is hardy and adaptable and easy to grow
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8

Protea mundii

 Commonly known as the Forest Sugarbush

  • Grows to 3-8m shrub/tree.
  • Small oblong red or white flowers from summer to winter.
  • Grows on moist slopes and forest margins.
  • A fast, easy grower with good cut flowers.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Leonotis leonurus


Commonly known as Wild Dagga,   Lion's Ear


  • It grows to a height of about 2 m.
  • This is a showy shrub with brilliant orange velvety flowers, with long upper parts which stay in good condition for longer than the lower petals.
  • It has four angled leafy stems and the leaves are coarse and hairy and occur in pairs.
  • It is a very adaptable plant and will grow almost anywhere.
  • It requires a sunny position.
  • Plant seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Will attract sunbirds to your garden.
  • An infusion is made of 2-3 cups of leaves, stems and flowers in a litre of boiling water and left to cool.
  • When added to your bath, this will give relief to muscular aches and pains, itchy skin and eczema.
  • You can also dab it directly onto bites, boils and bee stings.



Watsonia pillansii


Commonly known as Pillans Watsonia

  • This plant grows to a height of 0.5-1m with flowers ranging in color from orange to scarlet.
  • Flowering occurs in summer.
  • Watsonia pillansii is a very attractive plant that will not go unnoticed in your garden when in flower.
  • It enjoys full sun, but does prefer damp conditions all year around.
  •  It also has a high frost tolerance.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • hardy to USDA zone 7.

Protea convexa

Large-leaf Sugarbush

belongs to group called Ground sugarbushes

  • this is a prostrate, mat-forming shrub with many horizontal stems off a short main stem
  • the stems are sticky
  • leaves are large and cabbage-like, hence the name
  • flowers are green-yellow flower flushed with pink
  • flowering occurs in spring
  • grows in arid regions
  • is considered rare
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8

Protea cynaroides seed

King Protea, Koningsuikerbos, King Sugarbush


  • this is South Africa's national flower
  • it grows 0.3m to 2m in height
  • it has distinctive glossy, bright green leaves
  • the flowerheads are huge- up to 30cm in diameter - creamy pink to dark pink in color
  • flowering time depends on variant-there is a variant for each season
  • they can be potted
  • are tolerant of marshy conditions
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8
  • commonly known as the King Protea - South Africa's national flower.
  • it is easy to grow - needs a little more water than other species
  • will attract birds to your garden
  • is a stunning species for your garden and the cut flowers are fabulous and long lasting

Leucadendron gandogeri seed

Grows to 1.6m with elliptic, smooth, shiny leaves.

In spring the large top leaves turn bright yellow, flushed with orange and red.

Sow in Autumn. USDA Zone 8.

Female Leucadendron Gandogeri plant showing cones$0.09

Protea canaliculata seed

Groove-leaf sugarbush

belongs to group called Rose sugarbushes

  • grows to 1m with glabrous dark-green leaves and small bowl-shaped flowers with dark wine-red bracts
  • flowering occurs in autumn
  • flowers are very attractive
  • this species tolerates frost and grows best in rocky, exposed sandstone or quartzitic soils
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8

Protea coronata

Green Protea, Groenhofiesuikerbossie

belongs to group called Bearded sugarbushes

  • grows into an erect shrub -2 - 3 m tall
  • stems are covered with dense longhairs
  • leaves are silvery, green turning purplish and suround the flowerhead
  • the flowers are fresh, bright green with white centre
  • grows in heavy clay soils with high rainfall
  • flowering occurs from Apr-Sep
  • lovely as a cut flower and is popular with protea collectors and florists as is only true green protea
  • they are easy to grow and are an unusual, attractive addition for any garden

Leucadendron sessile

Western sun conebush, Tolbos

  • This species grows to 1.5m into a stout sbrub.
  • When young the involucral leaves are yellow but turn red in older plants.
  • Flowers in spring.
  • Very attractive species.
  • Tolerates a wide variety of soil types.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8.

Protea scolymocephala

Thistle Sugarbush - Witskollie

  • Grows to 1m shrub with linear pointed leaves.
  • Small creamy-green flowers with outwardly splayed creamy or pinkish bracts from Winter to Spring.
  • Coastal.
  • Sand.
  • Easy grower.
  • Sow in Autumn.
  • USDA zone 8.

Felicia echinata

Commonly known in South Africa in afrikaans as the Bloublommetjie

  • It grows into a 1m tall shrub and the flowers vary from mauve to blue to white.
  • Flowering time lasts from autumn through to spring.
  • It is tolerant of wind and also does very well in a container.
  • It looks quite spectacular when grown in groups.
Felicia echinata$0.07

Gazania krebsiana

Commonly known in South Africa, in afrikaans, as Botterblom or in english as the Terracotta gazania

  • It is one of the more spectacular species of the Namaqualand wild flowers.
  • This herbaceous perennial, with it's orange flowers – flowering from early spring to end of summer - gives a stunning flash of color to any garden.
  • They form tufted clumps and are excellent as pioneer plants.
  • They grow upto 20cm tall and are very effective as a ground cover.
  • They thrive in most environments and the seeds germinate easily after the first rains.
Gazania krebsiana - commonly known in South Africa,  in afrikaans, as Botterblom or in english as the Terracotta gazania $0.07

Leucadendron chamelaea

Commonly known as Witsenberg Conebush

  • Grows to 2m, with very narrow leaves. 
  • Grows into sparsely branched shrub
  • Flowers have bright yellow involucral bracts
  • Flowers in Spring.
  • Is popular as a cut flower
  • This is an endangered species.
  • Sow seeds in Autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8.

Tulbaghia violaceae

Commonly known as‘ Wild Garlic

  • It has dainty mauve flowers all through the year.
  • It's a very attractive, pleasing garden species and does very well in containers too.
  • It grows easily in most soils.
  •  Enjoys full sun and can also be used as a ground cover.
  • Grows to a height of 20-30cm.
  • Great for that hot corner in your garden - can go for long periods without water - but does thrive with water.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • It's a summer growing evergreen species.
  • It smells of garlic if injured.
  • It is fast growing and drought resistant.
  • It is considered by the Zulus to be a good snake repellent and is planted around their homes for this reason.
  • An infusion can be made by adding a bulb to boiling water – this mixture is then taken to relieve colds, coughs and flu and also to destroy intestinal worms.
  • The flowers and leaves are also used as a hot, peppery seasoning with meat and potatoes.

Leucospermum cuneiforme

Commonly known as Wart-stemmed pincushion or Luisiesbos (Afrikaans)

  • This multi – stemmed species grows into a lovely, bushy shrub with height and width of up to 2m.
  • The flowers are bright yellow and occur from late spring to early summer.
  • They are lovely as cut flowers.
  • It is an ideal specimen for a large garden with it's compact shape and showy and abundant flowers.
  • Sow seeds in autumn
  • Hardy to USDA zone 9

Protea nitida

Commonly known as Wa-boom, Wagon tree

  • Protea nitida grows to a 5m tree with light bluish/sea-green leaves.
  • The young leaves of the protea nitida are crimson.
  • The protea nitida flower in winter is creamy white and saucer-like.
  • This protea tree has good wood originally used to fashion wagon-wheels.
  • Protea nitida prefers coastal areas.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • USDA Zone 8.

Senecia elegans

Commonly known as the Wild cineraria

  • This is an annual, growing 0.3-1m tall and flowers in spring.
  • It can be grown in full sun or semi-shade, and is a beautiful and adaptable specimen for any garden.
  • The flowers vary from purple to white with yellow centers.
  • It grows well near the coast and is tolerant of strong winds.
Senecio elegans - also known as Wild cineraria or Strandblommetjie$0.07

Protea aurea seed

Commonly known as the Common shuttlecock sugarbush

belongs to group called White sugarbushes

  • grows to height of 3-5m with width of about 2m
  • has oblong leaves and candle-shaped buds which open to a cream/pink/crimson flower, like a shuttlecock
  • flowers from summer to autumn
  • very hardy & adaptable species
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8
  • attracts nectar feeding birds and bees
  • needs to be pruned back after flowering
  • is a fast grower

Protea acaulos seed

Commonly known as the Common ground protea

Belongs to the group of ground growing sugarbushes

  • It has dwarf, prostrate growth.
  • This species uses an underground branch system with a few trailing stems above ground.
  • Flowers are pale pink to brown occuring at ground level
  • Flowering occurs in spring.
  • Sow in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Protea amplexicaulis

Commonly known as the Clasping-leaf sugarbush

belongs to group called Rodent sugarbushes

  • grows to 0.4m sprawling shrub, with blue-green heart-shaped leaves which clasp the stem
  • flowers are reddish with involucre that is velvety-brown outside and white/pale pink inside
  • flowering  occurs in winter to early spring
  • the flowers have a yeasty odour to attract mouse pollinators
  • sow in autumn
  • hardy to USDA zone 8

Ornithogalum thyrsoides

Commonly known as the Chinkerinchee

  • Speices grows to a height of 50cm and spread of 30cm.
  • It prodces a stem of white, delicate flowers.
  • Flowering takes place from spring to summer.
  • The flowers are excellent cut flowers lasting for 2-4 weeks.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • This is a winter growing species.
  • Does very well in pots too.