Queen Protea – Protea magnifica Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Queen Protea Botanical Name: Protea magnifica, pro-TEE-a mag-NIF-i-ca Decorative Life: 10-20 days. Flower Color: Pink, White Availability: Year Round 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. 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.