Also known as
Narrow-Leaf Protea, Baardsuikerbos, Blousuikerkan (Afr)
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This plant has no fragrance
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Oleander-Leaf Protea Overview
Protea neriifolia is a large woody shrub grown as a garden shrub and used in the cut flower industry. In the wild, it provides nectar to sugar birds and insects who pollinate the flowers. Protea neriifolia 'Limelight' and 'Cream-mink' are two commercial forms of the cream to green coloured neriifolias. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with Oleander-Leaf Protea
Susceptible to leaf borer and like most Proteas, Phytophera, a soil fungal disease especially in the hot summer months. Best control is prevention, water plants early in the morning; keep the soil surface cool by mulching and prevent over-watering in summer. Remove diseased plants and prune diseased material immediately.
How to harvest Oleander-Leaf Protea
Flowers are harvested during the long flowering season. Flowers are ready to be picked once the top end of the bud starts to pull open. The flower will continue to open once picked.
How to propagate Oleander-Leaf Protea
Seeds can be sown, but best results and colour come from using cuttings.
Used semi-hardwood, 6-10cm long from current seasons growth in autumn or spring, dip cuttings in rooting hormone and root with bottom heat and intermittent misting, plant out in autumn or spring.
By grafting or budding.
Special features of Oleander-Leaf Protea
The flowers attract sugar birds that feed on the nectar
Colours range from creamy-green, through silvery pink to deep carmine.
Other uses of Oleander-Leaf Protea
Grown for their colourful bracted flower heads.
Long lasting flowers make excellent cut flowers!
Summer Flowering Shrubs
Shrubs that give you structure and summer flowers.