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Care of the plant Protea eximia or Broad-leaved sugarbush.

Care of the shrub Protea eximia or Broad-leaved sugarbush

The genus Protea, family Proteaceae, comprises 80 species of shrubs and trees native to eastern and southern Africa. Some species are: Protea eximia, Protea caffra, Protea aristata, Protea laurifolia, Protea obtusifolia, Protea barbigera, Protea cynaroides, Protea cryophila.

Common name: Broad-leaved sugarbush. This species is native to Cape Province, South Africa.

They are shrubs or little branched evergreen trees with a vertical bearing that reach 5 meters (16.4 feet) in height. The leaves are oval, leathery and greyish green or purplish. The showy flower heads measure 12 cm (4.72") in diameter and are purple-pink or red in color. They bloom in spring and early summer but can do so in other seasons.

These fast-growing, easy-to-grow plants are used in low-maintenance gardens, in Mediterranean coastal gardens, in bushy groups and in areas with alkaline soils. Plant in groups of 3 to 6 individuals for a more compact effect. They are also used as cut flowers for bouquets and floral decorations.

Protea eximia needs direct sun exposure and hot climates. They resist occasional frosts down to -4 ºC (24.8 ºF).

They grow in any well-drained soil whether it is poor, rocky, sandy or alkaline.

Water moderately throughout the year waiting for the substrate to dry.

Do not use fertilizers.

Prune wilted inflorescences after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in the fall or late summer in the seedbed (they germinate in 3 weeks) or by semi-woody cuttings.

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Protea eximia