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Protea neriifolia ‘Pink Mink’ and ‘Pink Ice’
Proteaceace
Don Mahoney, San Francisco

The mink proteas are among the easiest to grow and are highly recommended for coastal California. The flowers are 6 inches long by 3 inches across and the tips of the flowers are fringed with many hairs. They are in a group called the bearded proteas. ‘Pink Ice’ is pink covered with white hairs while ‘Pink Mink’ has white hairs over a burgundy beard. These can become imposing plants up to 15 feet across and 6 feet high and are in bloom in late fall through spring. From South Africa, they are hardier than most proteas and can survive a light freeze. They need well drained acid soil and want no fertilizer.
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