Protea

10 Sep

Protea, evergreen shrub 4-8 ft. in height depending on variety, upright open vase-shaped growth habit, large goblet-shaped flowers in many colors appear winter to summer, full sun, regular water to establish, do not fertalize, excellent cut flower, deer resistant and drought tolerant.

Some 150 species of beautiful flowering plants native to South Africa. Born at branch ends, the flower heads consist of tight clusters of tubular true flowers surrounded by brightly colored bracts; the effect is that of a large, very colorful artichoke or thistle. All make superb cut flowers: they hold their color for weeks and retain their shape even after fading. Leaves are leathery, often edged in red. Widely grown in Hawaii and Southern California for the cutflower trade.

 

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