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Protea 'Pink Ice' - Pink Ice Protea
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Clear Pink
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (P. compacta x P. susannae?)
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Protea 'Pink Ice' - A stunning and tough dense evergreen shrub that grows with an upright habit to 8 feet tall by nearly as wide with attractive leathering long narrow leaves and silvery-pink flowers from fall into winter. This is one of the first of the protea to bloom and it often will have flowers for a solid 9 months or more. Plant in full to part sun and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. This is a hybrid between tough hardy plants that gives it both good frost tolerance, down to low 20's F, and an ability to tolerate a wide range of soil types. It is considered to be the hardiest of the cultivars of Proteas and is more tolerant than other protea of heavier soils, but still performs its best where soil drains reasonably well. Pink Ice is a nice specimen plant and is useful as a hedge, for screening and as a container plant, and its flowers are great for cut flower use. Though some consider this plant to be a Protea neriifolia hybrid with P. susannae, the International Protea Register has this cultivar registered as a hybrid between Protea compacta and P. susannae that was created by David Mathews of Proteaflora Nursery. It was first listed in the Proteaflora Nursery catalog in 1984 and promoted internationally in 1987. The registry also notes that this variey has been sold under the names 'Camelot' and 'Silvan Pink'. We have been growing this great cultivar since getting it from protea specialist Dennis Perry of Perry's Panorama in 1993. Dennis told attendees about the virtues of this great plant at our 1998 Field Day in his talk"Proteas for the California Garden"The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Protea 'Pink Ice'.
 
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