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24 Proteas
Botanic Names and Common Names

Name Flower
Blooms
Height
(feet)
Why Grow? Why Not?
Banksia ashbyi
Sunrise
Orange-gold oval cone, 3-6 in. long.
Aug
to
Nov
6 - 8
May bloom all year, most heavily in the fall; drought, heat tolerant. Hard to find.
B. baxteri
Bird's nest
Yellow-green globe, 2-3 in. across.
May
to
Sep
10
Interesting leaves look as if they're cut with pinking shears. Does better in cool, light soil.
B. Grandis
Giant or Bull
Yellow-green oval, 8-12 in. long.
Mar
to
May
30 - 40
Attractive foliage, woolly branches, pinking-shear leaves, big blooms. Slow grower. Can get too large for some gardens.
B. integrifolia
Coast
Yellow-green corncob shape, 3-6 in. long.
All
Year
10 - 40
Tolerates heavy soil better than most; fast growing, leaves have silvery underside. Blooms produced along branches may be hidden by foliage.
B. menziesii
Raspberry Frost
Red and gold cones, 5 in. long.
July
to
Jan
12 - 25
Heavy bloom over long period; attractive toothed leaves. Slow grower; likes sandy soil.
B. prionotes
Orange Acorn
Light orange cones, 3-5 in. long.
July
to
Mar
12 - 25
One of the showiest banksias; blooms over long period, buds woolly white.  
B. speciosa
Rickrack
Yellow, hairy flower, 5-8 in. long.
May
to
Sep
10 - 25
Quite attractive foliage with saw-toothed leaves. Prefers cool, sandy soil.
B. victoriae
Woolly orange
Orange, upright spikes, 4-6 in. long.
June
to
July
6 - 12
Heavy bloomer; new growth especially attractive. Prefers sandy soil. Leaves have spines.
Dryandra formosa
Gold pins
Yellow-gold sea urchin shape, 3 in. across.
Jan
to
May
8 - 15
Interesting flower, dries very well. Sensitive, prefers sandy soil.
Leucadendron argenteum
Silver tree
Inconspicuous; grown for silvery foliage.
All
Year
20 - 30
Will grow in containers; silvery hairs reflect light, so leaves shine. Flowers inconspicuous, airy location.
L. discolor
(male)
Flame tip
Light yellow with red center, 3 in. across.
Mar
to
May
6 - 7
Very showy flowers. Hard to tell whether plant grown from seedling is male or female.
L. discolor
(female)
Flame tip
Pale, greenish white, 3 in. across.
Mar
to
May
6 - 7
Cut flowers last longer than the male form of this flower. Cones.  
Leucospermum catherinae
Pinwheel
Yellow-orange, spidery, 5 in. across.
April
to
May
5
Unusual, striking flower; may tolerate cold better than most. Can be cantankerous to grow.
L. cordifolium
Pincushion
Yellow-orange to bright salmon sea urchin shape, 3-4 in. across.
Feb
to
June
4 - 6
Easy to grow, heavy bloomer; tolerates alkaline soil. Flowers don't dry as well as others.
L. reflexum
Rocket
L. luteum
Yellow variety
Red-orange-yellow pincushions, 3 in. across.
Feb
to
May
10
Tubular flowers bend downward with age, resembling rockets; attractive foliage. Short-lived as cut flowers.
Protea compacta
Prince
Pink or white, gray-centered, 2-1/4 to 4 in. long.
Nov
to
May
8 - 12
Blooms heavily during winter and spring. Prune carefully or plants become leggy.
P. cynaroides
King
Light pink to red artichoke-shaped buds. 8-12 in. across.
Feb
to
June
3 - 7
Easier to grow than most; okay in containers; a show-stopper. Slow to bloom; plant must be large enough to support huge flowers.
P. eximia
Rose spoon
Duchess
Light pink to red, outer petals resemble spoons, 4-5 in. across.
All
Year
6 - 8
Easier to grow than many, blooms heavily in spring; tolerates cold and is handsome dried. Flowers get untidy unless picked off plant.
P. grandiceps
Princess
Salmon to coral, artichoke shape, 4 in. across.
Nov
to
May
3 - 5
Tolerates cold; interesting furry flower tips. Very slow growing.
P. magnifica
Queen
Pinkish or yellow onion shape, 6-8 in. across.
Feb
to
May
3 - 5
Like its name it is magnificent; tolerates cold. Difficult to grow; damps off (fungus disease) when young - a challenge.
P. nerilfolia
Pink mink
Oleander leaf
Pink with black fur at tips, artichoke shape, 3 in. across. Other colors also available.
Aug
to
April
9 - 15
Fast growing, easier to grow than many; tolerates alkaline soil; yellow flower variety also available. No reason.
P. obtusifolia
Jester
Holiday red
Red or white oval, 3 in. across.
Oct
to
Mar
8 - 12
A star in alkaline soil; tolerates clay; flowers from a young age. Flowers not very showy, exude sticky nectar. Christmas flowers.
P. repens
Sugarbush
Rose or white artichoke shape, spiny center, 3 in. across.
Jul-Aug
and
Dec-Feb
7 - 10
Tolerates cold and alkaline soil better than most. Buds exude sticky nectar (once used as a sweetener).
P. scolymocephaia
Rock garden
Creamy to greenish yellow saucers, 1-1/2 in. across.
Mar
to
June
3 - 7
Easy to grow, heavy bloomer; excellent cut flower. Flowers small and on short stems. Better with some shade.

 

 

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