A Protea with soft needle-shaped curved foliage, that has wine-red, pendulous flowers heads. It normally grows 3′ to 4′. New branches are green, turn red the following season, and then brown when mature.
The plants naturally grow in moist, peaty to dry, sandstone soils in mountain habitats between 400 and 900m
This species is serotinous, which means that the seed will remain on the plant for years, until the plant is burnt in a fire or dies, and only then are released. The plant itself is killed by fire.
Pronunciation: PROH-tee-uh NAN-uh
Species Meaning: Small, dwarf
Protea nana is native to South Africa.
As with all Protea, it requires a well-drained, acidic soil, with full sunlight and good aeration. No fertilizer should be used.
Started with 16 seeds from Silver Hill Seeds. They were given a smoke treatment on September 25th 2020 and sown September 27th. Placed in 2 pots, 1 on heat, then other on the mist bench.
12/27 – Fairly good germination in the pot on heat. Second pot behind.
1/30/21 6 germinated from each pot although the ones that had been on heat were a lot more developed. 3 from the NOH pot were still only cotyledons and one did not have much in the way of root. They were all potted into 2″ pots.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: | Seed ID: S2075
Found in Greenhouse,
On the mist bench
We acquired this plant from Silver Hill Seeds.