I am getting used to the Cape vegetation and the abundance of Protea plants here. The variety is amazing! Here is a pic I snapped last year in the Easter Cape, near KwaZulu-Natal. I gather this is a type of Protea or am I mistaken? The colour of the flowers is so vibrant and there are hairy pods on the stem. Who knows what it is?


9 Responses to Protea?

  1. Sprig July 27, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    wow! these are beautiful – I am a huge fan of fynbos.

  2. Helen July 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    me too, these are really stunning.

  3. Elephant's Eye July 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Not so sure, they look more like an Australian Grevillea. Yup, looks like the picture in my book. Yes it is a protea, but an Australian not a South African. Where were you? Was that growing wild?

  4. khalid July 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    the flowers do look very similar to pincushions.but the seed pods do not look familiar…had a few pincushions in durbs but ants are vile and vicious…they killed the best ones.
    king proteas and the hybrid pink ice do brilliantly in durbs…got a fungal issues with them.
    theres a guy in greytown …raises them commercially..what a helpful dude.if u keen..

  5. mol-d July 28, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    it’s a shame that this is an australian version as it was growing wild in a nature reserve at mkhambathi in the eastern cape.

  6. Smile July 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    so its an invader? weird as it looks totally south african …

  7. khalid July 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    shame.plants do suffer heaps of immigration problems.

  8. Smile July 29, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    yip, no body wants theme when they sprout up in the wrong place 🙂

  9. Protea_Admirer December 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    That looks more like a grevillia than a protea (they are related though). Hang on while I check Wikipedia …

    Yep, that’s Grevillia banksii, native to Queensland in Australia.

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