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The Proteaeace at San Marcos Growers

The family Proteaceae is named for after one of its primary genera, Protea. Linnaeus named the genus Protea after the Greek god Proteus, who, according to legend, was able to transform his shape and appearance into numerous animate and inanimate forms at will and it was from this name that the family name Proteaceae was assigned by the French botanist Jussieu. It is apparent that the family originated on the southern super continent of Gondwana before it divided into the southern continents as the 1400 species of over 60 genera are found entirely in the southern hemisphere with the greatest concentration being in Australia, with over 800 species in 45 genera and the western Cape of South Africa with 330 species in 14 genera. The plants are mostly shrubs but there are some trees and clambering vines or groundcovers; there are no herbaceous or annual plants in the family. There is a direct correlation of the distribution of plants in the Proteaceae with the occurrence of nutrient deficient soils. In California we have found that we can grow many of the plants in this family very successfully in our gardens. Our Protea Information Page contains more information on the cultivation of this group of plants and some tricks that will help gardeners successfully use these attractive plants in our California Gardens.

The Proteaeace
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Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift' Flame Bush - Evergreen low shrub 2-4' tall by 3-5' wide w/gray leaves, red new growth & red flowers in spring/fall. Full sun. Drought tolerant. 20-25 degrees F. 
Adenanthos detmoldii 'Metallica' Yellow Jugflower - Medium sized upright shrub to 6' tall w/narrow leaves & yellow & orange flwrs winter-spring. Full cool sun/light shade. Occasional H2O. Hardy to 25F. 
Adenanthos sericeus Coast Woollybush - Evergreen fine textured upright shrub to 6-10' tall with soft gray foliage. Full sun. Low water needs. Red flowers year-round. 20-25 degrees F. 
Adenanthos sericeus 'Sherwood Mist' 'Sherwood Mist' Woollybush - Evergreen fine textured upright shrub 6-10' tall w/soft gray-green lvs. Full sun. Low water needs. Orange-red flowers year-round. 20-25 degrees F. 
Adenanthos 'Silver Haze' Silver Haze Woollybush - Evergreen shrub 6' x 6' w/silver-gray lvs & spring red flwrs. Full sun.Well drained soil. Drought tolerant. Hardy to 25-30F. UCSC Koala Blooms Intro. 
Adenanthos x cunninghamii Albany Woollybush - Evergreen fine textured low shrub 3' high by 7' wide w/gray leaves and red flowers in spring/fall. Full sun. Drought tolerant. 20-25 degrees F. 
Banksia baxteri Birds Nest Banksia - Evergreen shrub to 6-9' tall/wide w/greenish yellow flowers summer-winter. Full sun/light shade. Well drained soil. Low water needs. Hardy to 20F. 
Banksia caleyi Red Lantern Banksia - Evergreen shrub to 6' w/gray-green serrated lvs & maroon buds sping-summer red-pink flwrs. Full/part sun. Low water needs. Hardy to 20 F. 
Banksia ericifolia 'Fireworks' Fireworks Heath Banksia - Shrub to 8'x 6' w/small lvs & tall gold & red flwrs winter-summer. Full sun. Well drained soil. Drought tolerant. Hardy to 20F. (Koala Blooms Intro) 
Banksia menziesii Firewood Banksia - Large shrub/ small tree w/rusty lvs & showy flwrs that age from silver, pink to orange. Full sun. Well drained soil. Drought tolerant. Frost tolerant. 
Banksia menziesii 'Dwarf' Flame Banksia - Shrub 5-6' tall x 6-8' wide w/serrated gray-green lvs & showy pink & orange fall flwrs.Full sun. Well drained soil. Drought tolerant.Hardy to 26F.. 
Banksia praemorsa 'Red' Red Cut-leaf Banksia - Durable dense shrub to 12' tall w/toothed lvs & large winter/spring large red flwr clusters. Full/part sun. Ocassional/ infrequent H2O. Hardy to 20F. 
Banksia speciosa Showy Banksia - Evergreen shrub to 12-20' w/large creamy yellow cone-like flwr summer-fall. Full sun. Low water needs. 20-25 degrees F. 
Banksia spinulosa 'Schnapper Point' Koala Blooms Banksia - Compact evergreen fine textured shrub 2-4' tall by 4-5' wide w/honey & red candle-like flowers fall-winter. Full Sun. Drought tolerant. Hardy to 20 F. 
Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare' Lowshrub <1 ft. tall by up to 15 ft wide w/ long sawtooth cut leaves and red flowers spring-fall. Low water requirements. Full Sun. Hardy to 20-25 F. 
Grevillea 'Bonfire' Shrub 8-10' tall by 6-8' wide w/dark green divided lvs & firey spring-summer red flwrs . Full sun. Well-drained soil. Occasional H20. Hardy to 25F 
Grevillea 'Cherry Royal' Shrub to 2' tall by 3' wide w/soft green lvs & red flowers spring/year round. Full sun/light shade. Low H20. Hardy to 20F Koala Blooms 2012 Intro. 
Grevillea fililoba Spider Net Grevillea - Evergreen shrub to 5'x5' w/ soft gray-green disected lvs & red flowers year-round. . Full sun. Drought tolerant. Hardy to 25-30 degrees F. 
Grevillea 'Firesprite' Evergreen shrub 9+' tall by 6'wide w/divided lvs & terminal spikes of bright red flwrs. Full sun/ Good drainage. Drought tolerant. Hardy to 28F?. 
Grevillea 'Granya Glory' Low growing shrub to 1-2' tall by 2-4' wide w/ gray leaves and rose-red flwrs fall-spring. Low irrigation requirements. Hardy to 20-25 F. 
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