Proteus, Greek God of Water, was said to be able to change his form at will. An apt God to name a genus after especially one that has so much variety in form and colour. Protea, King of flowers, are prized by gardeners and florists alike for the stunning, large, beautifully shaped and coloured flowers that are produced in abundance when grown in their favoured conditions. Light soil with very free drainage as these plants, just like Royalty, don't do wet feet. Don't hide them from the wind as free air movement is another of their likes. In the country of origin Protea represents change and hope.
An erect compact shrub of manageable proportions. Flowers are a light yellowy-greenish colour with black tipped bracts surrounding a darker floral mass. Produces long strong stems suitable for early season picking. Flowers Autumn-early winter. Medium frost hardy. Evergreen
Colour: White / Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Protea Arctic Ice
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Luscious leathery leaves and stunning satin pink flowers that appear in late winter early spring. The flowers are made up of feathery bracts that cover a large cone. This cynaroides variety is from Tsitsikamma , Africa. Easy to grow in a sunny position with excellent drainage. Tolerates light frost. Evergreen.
To have success with your Protea good drainage is essential. They like a nice light slightly acidic soil. They don't like fertilizer high in phosphates. Generally feeding is not necessary but a slow release with a low phosphate (P) rating is the safest to use. Any pruning should be done after flowering.
Colour: Red / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm