One of the smaller and hardier South African Proteas, forming a neat upright plant with cream and pale green flower-heads in late spring and early summer. Plants have long narrow leaves and a well branched habit. They quickly reach a height of about 1m, and are excellent conservatory and garden plants. They make good cut flowers, each 30-40cm in size.
Proteas are quite particular about their germination and growing conditions. They need a well-drained sandy and acid soil with low phosphate levels. A sunny spot is best, which is sheltered against frost. Thistle Proteas can be grown outdoors in a sheltered spot in the warmest parts of the UK, but otherwise best in large pots that are overwintered in a well-ventilated conservatory or greenhouse.
Pack of 8 seeds. Sow in autumn or spring. Seeds need to be soaked for 24hrs before sowing. Flowering starts in the second season. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.
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