What is the plant
Protea cynaroides is a woody shrub with thick stems and large dark green, glossy leaves. Protea plants are not for beginners and not for every climate. Native to South Africa and Australia, they require heat, sun and extremely well-drained soil.
It’s often assumed that proteas and their relatives are Australian natives, but they in fact hail from South Africa. However, they are closely related to some of our showiest plants, such as banksias, grevilleas and waratahs. In terms of their preferred climates, they’ll grow in most regions except for the more humid zones. However, there are two things they won’t negotiate – one is full sun and the other is perfectly free-draining soil. Protea cynaroides plants are perfect for rocky, hard-to-use part of gardens.
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