The Common Sugarbush has the distinction of being the first Protea to have been cultivated to a point where it flowers, away from the Cape. This was achieved in 1770 at the Royal Gardens at Kew.
This Protea is very popular with gardeners and a number of different varieties have been developed.
The Common Sugarbush occurs naturally between Grahamstown and the Western Cape. It can be found at a variety of altitudes from the coast to the mountains.
Flowering occurs at different times during the year. In the western, winter rainfall, areas it flowers in winter. In the more eastern regions it flowers in summer.
The large flowers attract a variety of birds and insects.