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PROTEA Protea cynaroides

Commonly known as Giant protea, King protea

Large bracts in shades of pale to darker pink
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Available again from OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2020 - Dispatch will take place mid to late autumn.
Large £45.00 each

Delivery Information Available again from OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2020
plant size comparison icon 3 - 5 Litre


  • Evergreen - rounded leaves 8-14cm (3½-5in) long, on stalks 4-18cm (1½-7in) long.
  • Shades of pink - All shades of pink through to Carmine (red) - deep pink red
  • Height - 1-2m (3-6½ft)
  • Spread - 1-2m (3-6½ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - strong-stemmed, sparsely-branched shrub, spreading with age. Produces goblet- or bowl-shaped flowerheads 12-30cm (5-12in) across
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F) - under glass use 1 part loam with added charcoal and 3 parts grit and peat in full light
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Exotic plants -
  • Good to know - floral emblem of South Africa. May need restrictive pruning under glass.
  • Pests & Diseases - chlorosis (magnesium deficiency). Failure to thrive due to overly rich medium
  • Place of origin - South Africa (Western Cape, Eastern Cape).
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0) -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Soil Conditions - Neutral to acid soil - - poor, well-drained
1-2m (3-6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1-2m (3-6½ft)

Buy Varieties of PROTEA Protea cynaroides

PROTEA Protea cynaroides 'Little Prince'

'Little Prince' >

Deep pink/red flowers on compact plants to 1 metre
£35.00 each
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Available again from APRIL 2021 - When fresh stock arrives

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