The Queen protea is a dense shrub with large fuzzy leaves. It bears large cupped bearded flowers in a range of colors. It’s blossoms are the second largest in the family behind Protea cynaroides – the King Protea. It is slow growing and is one of the longer-lived proteas if in suitable conditions. Some have been known to reach 30 years of age in cultivation. It can four to six years before they get to blooming size.
It originates from high elevation regions of the Cape between 400 and 6000 feet, meaning it should be quite cold hardy (-8C). It can be very variable in both flower color and form, ranging from 9 feet tall to sprawling along the ground. Most form bushed about 5 to 6′ tall. Leaves are prominently veined and have red to yellow midribs. The color range of the outer floral bracts is broad, including greenish cream, cream, pink, salmon pink, rosy reds and deep carmine. The bract beards are variable in color and density. They may be white, purple-black or tawny brown with the central tip being black, tawny brown or even white.
Blooms mid-winter to mid-summer
Pronunciation: PROH-tee-uh mag-NIF-i-ca
Species Meaning: Magnificent
Protea magnifica is native to South Africa.
Requires very well drained soil in full sun. Poor soil with no fertilizer. Resents root disturbance.
15 seeds obtained from SilverHill Seeds in South Africa
Given smoke treatment on September 25th and sown Sept 27th in 2 pots.
1 placed on heat, the other in the greenhouse but just on the bench.
November 8th was first germination on heat. Off heat was about a week later
January 29th 6 potted up from on heat, 4 from off heat.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: | Seed ID: S2074
Found in Greenhouse,
On the propagation bench.
We acquired this plant from Silver Hill Seeds.