• Giant Protea (Protea Cynaroides) Thompson & Morgan

    The Protea Cynaroides also known as ‘Giant Protea’ and ‘King Protea’ features huge bowl shaped inflorescences. A member of the Proteaceae family, this wonderfully eye-catching plant originates from South Africa, where it is the national flower.

    Now found across the world ‘Giant Protea’ thrive in dry atmospheres, where the soil has good drainage. With flowers that grow up to 12 inches across, this unusual plant will offer something different to your garden.

    The outer flower has stiff and pointed bracts that give the flower its cupped shape. The petals start out in a soft cream colour which eventually turns a bright pink or velvety red on the top half. Within the cup there is a mass of white stamen  1-2inches long that curve towards the centre.

    The leaves are paddle-shaped which grow alternately along the several stems of the plant. The leaves stems grow to about 1-2 inches long and the leaves themselves are thick, stiff and round in appearance. The leaves will also absorb moisture through its leaves, which aids to it’s growth.

    Valued for their decorative qualities, they make beautiful cut flowers, and dry very well which makes them perfect for floral arrangements. The leaves can also be used to make tea.

    Best grown in a conservatory or greenhouse, they are not hardy plants but will look wonderful on a windowsill, and will provide sweet nectar for bees and flying insects.