King Protea Overview
Protea cynaroides is the national flower of South Africa. It is an evergreen perennial in the Proteaceae family with a sparsely branching habit. Rather a leggy shrub that can be added to garden beds in non-frost-prone climates. It has many forms and varieties and is an adaptable plant under cultivation. Foliage is oval in shape and leathery in texture. It is grown worldwide for the cut flower industry, makes a striking addition to a large garden and is commonly known by the names King Protea and Cape Artichoke Flower, amongst others. It produces beautiful, big, showy blooms in both soft and vibrant shades of pink and creamy-white. The terminal flowerhead is comprised of dense clusters of tiny 4-petalled and bowl-shaped flowers. The flowerhead measures between 15-30cm in diameter. Flowers are surrounded by showy modified leaf structures, which resemble petals, these are termed bracts.