Welcome to the
An association for growers of exotic Protea
flowers and foliages
WHAT ARE PROTEA?
The Proteaceae are an ancient family, probably one of the oldest groups
of flowering plants. Scientific probes into the early history of plant
life have shown that the ancestors of today's Protea were present 300
million years ago. Proteaceae are best represented in South Africa along
the south and south western coastal mountain ranges. The other
sub-family is located along the south and south western coastal areas of
No genus is naturally common to both South Africa and
Australia. There are some 329 known species of Protea in South Africa.
The South African species consist of Protea, Leucadendron and
Leucospermum for the most part, while the Australian species is the
Banksia. In these areas the flowers are mostly harvested in the wild,
though in later years many flower plantations have sprung up for the
commercial growing of the flowers.
Not all species are commercially
viable for one reason or the other. These beautiful flowers were
first grown in the United States in San Diego north county, as well as
some ranches in the Santa Barbara area about forty years ago. They were
later grown in Hawaii. The climate and soil in these places most nearly
duplicates their natural habitat.
Most growers in this area are small
farmers with 5 acres or less, there are also several large ranches.
These beautiful flowers are shipped from here all over the United
States, Japan and Europe.
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California Protea Association