‘Red baron’ is a hybrid rose spoon type protea, and is a hybrid between Protea obtusifolia x Protea compacta. It flowers autumn through to spring and while the shrub is fairly hardy to low 20F’s, heavy frost will damage the buds. It is a long lived and hardy shrub. It is a favorite with the floral industry.
This plant has character and never would have seen the light of day from a traditional nursery. It is only rooted on one side of the plant, it main stem is lanky and twisted and is very top heavy. It should have been pruned at a younger age, but it is now our plant and the first Protea to be in bloom in our garden – well that is cheating a little because it was blooming when we bought it.
The real test will be can we get it to bloom again! And the answer is yes. It has now been planted int he garden and one of the buds has developed into a wonderful flower – June 2021. Lots more buds to come.
Protea is native to South Africa.
All the usual advice for Protea family plants – poor soil, extremely good drainage, no summer water, no fertilizer, avoid root disturbance. Full sun.
Protea obtusifolia x Protea compacta
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21024
Found in Garden of the Giants,
About the center of the garden between the boardwalk and the wall.
We acquired this plant from UCSC - Norries.