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Products > Protea cynaroides 'Mini King'
 
Protea cynaroides 'Mini King' - Dwarf King Protea
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Protea cynaroides 'Mini King' (Dwarf King Protea) - A shrub to about 3 feet tall and wide with large 6 to 8 inch wide flowers. These pale silky pink or sometimes deep crimson flowers form a roundish central peak of flowers surrounded by rays of darker pink bracts. Flowers cover the shrub from autumn to spring with some scattered bloom throughout the year. Plant in full sun in a well-drained, preferrably acid, soil. Requires little irrigation and tolerates coastal conditions. Protect from frost and temperatures below 28 F. Cut flowering stems back to base after flowering. This is a smaller growing King Protea that grows to only about half the height that the species gets to. It is an attractive garden plant for a nice well-drained site in the garden or as a container specimen and a great cut flower for arrangements. This species has a wide distribution through the fynbos in the southern parts of South Africa, an area subject to wildfires for which Protea cynaroides is well adapted with its thick underground stems that have dormant buds that sprout up after a fire. The genus and plant family is named for the Greek god Proteus, who was able to change between many forms and reflects the incredible variety and diversity of the plants in the family. The specific epithet means like plants in the genus Cynara, the Artichoke, in reference to the like appearance of the flower buds. We also grow the full sized pink flowered species Protea cynaroides and a pure white selection called Protea cynaroides 'Arctic Ice'. We received our original cutting stock of this plant and the image on our website from Chris Chaney of Mesa Ranch Nursery.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Protea cynaroides 'Mini King'.
 
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