King Protea spotted in suburbia!

King Protea spotted in suburbia!

These beautiful King Proteas were a traffic stopper today in Mount Pleasant, Port Elizabeth. An unusual city sighting that we need to share. We will return to the spot in a few days to capture the open blooms. The King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa; it has several colour forms and horticulturists have recognized 81 garden varieties, some of which have injudiciously been planted in its natural range. In some varieties the pink of the flower and red borders of leaves are replaced by a creamy yellow. This unusual flower has a long vase life in flower arrangements, and makes for an excellent dried flower.