Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pushing for Protea

Protea blooming in my back yard. Protea species are known for originating in South Africa and being used for cut flowers that last and last and last. A Protea farm owner told me that they like well drained, sandy, moist soil and lots of sun. Constant moisture is particularly helpful if you are trying to root a cutting. While Southern CA is a bit dry, they appear to do well here as evidenced by this really healthy specimen on the North side of my house. Note that some of them grow quite large.

Proteas and the family Proteaceae come in a great variety of shapes, colors and forms, thereby earning the moniker from the Greek God Proteus who could change his form at will. Protea species are also native to Australia and South America.

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