Growing your Proteaflora plant
Proteas are native to southern Africa and belong to the same family of plants (the family Proteaceae) as the Australian Banksias, Grevilleas and Telopea. The name ‘Protea' is commonly used to refer not only to plants in the genus Protea, but also to plants in two other genera from southern Africa: Leucadendron and Leucospermum.
The family Proteaceae is an ancient family of plants with a Gondwanan ancestry - it was one of the earliest groups of flowering plants and was able to disperse and diversify throughout Gondwana before the supercontinent disintegrated. With about 1600 species, it is one of the plant groups which now dominate the southern hemisphere flora.
Proteas are perfect for use in low maintenance low water use gardens. They enjoy the same conditions as natives. They fit very well in the Australian native landscape and most garden styles, from courtyards to large properties. They will give year round colour and the added bonus of spectacular cut flowers.