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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The nectar from the flowers is consumed directly or made into a delicious syrup[1].

Unknown part

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Protea repens.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Protea repens.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in individual pots in a greenhouse. See notes above on soil requirements. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood. July/August in a frame[2].

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Cultivation

Requires a very well-drained light soil[3][4], preferably on the poor side[2], with plenty of humus and sand[3]. Requires a pH of 6.5 or lower[2]. Plants are very sensitive to nitrates and phosphates in the soil, these can prove toxic even at moderate levels[2]. Plants may also suffer from magnesium deficiency[2]. Requires a position with good air circulation[3][4], but sheltered from cold winds[2]. Dislikes warm sultry or windless days[3][4]. Requires full exposure to the sun[2].

Not very hardy in Britain, but they can be grown outdoors in selected areas. Plants tolerate temperatures down to about -6°c, although prolonged frosts, or frosts combined with cold dry winds will cause damage[4]. They are best grown in a cool greenhouse, but plants can be placed outdoors in the summer[3]. A very ornamental plant[3]. A good bee plant, providing an abundance of nectar[5].

Dislikes root disturbance[3].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Protea repens. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Protea repens.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Protea repens
Genus
Protea
Family
Proteaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
9
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type












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