Protea cynaroides

King Protea

These 1000 species of flowering evergreen trees and shrubs are known for their large thistle-shaped flowers. Their tubular blooms are surrounded by colorful bracts. They have leathery leaves and a bearded nut. Native to South Africa, these short-lived plants need just the right growing conditions. Plant in full sun on slopes with excellent drainage. Most prefer acid soil. Protect from drying winds. Young plants are especially tender, while older plants tolerate some low temperatures. Grow smaller types in containers.
Protea cynaroides, King Protea
A few massive stems bear spectacular flowers, up to 10 inches across. Fresh or dried, they are superb in large arrangements. Hardier than other Proteas, though frost can still be fatal.

Attributes - Protea cynaroides

Plant Type: Shrub

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Summer

Flower Color: Pink, Red

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 4 ft. to 6 ft.

Width: 6 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 10, 11

Notes: Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Showy Flowers.

Related Plants

Protea compacta, Protea compacta 'Pink Velvet', Protea eximia, Protea neriifolia, Protea repens, Protea susannae
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