Protea neriifolia, a member of the Bearded Sugarbushes, is one of the easiest proteas to grow. The long, slender leaves look similar to the leaves of the oleander (Nerium oleander), are hard and leathery and can be bright- or dark green in color. It grows reasonably fast and flowers in its third season. Protea neriifolia has a wider tolerance than most other proteas and can be grown in a climate with wet winters and dry summers, as well as in a climate with dry cold winters and wet summers and can withstand light, but brief frosts. It has a fairly long flowering time which varies according to the area in which it is grown. Living for 15 years or more, Protea neriifolia is an excellent plant for the garden, especially as it grows quite well in soil which is slightly alkaline. The large flowers last up to three weeks in water and vary in color from creamy-green to pink to deep carmine with a fluffy 'beard' of purple-black to pure white hairs.