Queen Protea


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Common Name: Queen Protea
Botanical Name: Protea magnifica (pro-TEE-a mag-NIF-i-ca)
Decorative Life: 10-20 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution.
  • For other species, leaf blackening due in part to low light and low carbohydrate can be a problem, therefore keep in well-lit situation. The sugar in some flower foods can sometimes prevent leaf blackening. However, it seems that glucose works better than sucrose, which may explain why some flower foods work and other do not in preventing leaf blackening. However, specific data with this species has not been located.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Proteaceae (protea family).
  • Native to South Africa.
  • Relatives include Grevillea, Leucodendron, Leucospermum and Banksia.
Personality:
  • Numerous flowers in dome-shaped heads, 5-8 inches across, surrounded by stiff colored bracts, giving a crown-like appearance.
  • Stems with leathery leaves, cut to various lengths.
  • Plant is an evergreen shrub, classed as a dicotyledon.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Most times of the year.
Flower Color: White-edged pink bracts, black hairs in center.
Storage Specifics: 32-34 F, provide light during storage to prevent leaf blackening.
Tidbits:
  • Named after Proteus, a Greek sea god with the power of prophecy. The specific epithet name magnifica means magnificent.
  • Spectacular focal points in contemporary arrangements, the durable Protea will often bloom for several months.
  • Suitable for drying. Leaves can turn black due to low light and especially due to lack of carbohydrate. Therefore, make sure a fresh flower food containing sugar is used.