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Products > Protea cynaroides 'Arctic Ice'
Protea cynaroides 'Arctic Ice' - White King Protea
Image of Protea cynaroides 'Arctic Ice'
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Protea cynaroides 'Arctic Ice' (White King Protea) A medium sized shrub to 3 to 5 feet tall and wide with reddish stems holding large rounded green leaves and bearing huge dinner plate sized flowers. Unlike the species, which typically has pale silky pink flowers, this variety 10 to 12 inch wide flowers of pure white. These flowers cover the shrub from autumn to spring with some scattered bloom throughout the year. Plant in full sun in a well-drained, preferably acid, soil. Requires little irrigation and tolerates coastal conditions. Protect from frost and temperatures below 28 F. Cut flowering stems back to base after flowering. It is an attractive garden plant for a nice well-drained site in the garden or as a container specimen and a great cut flower for arrangements. This plant was selected by Geoff Jewell of Te Horo Ornamentals, a New Zealand nursery that specializes in the growing and breeding plants in Protea family. It was submitted for Plant Variety Rights (PVR) in New Zealand in 1996 and granted PVR No.1335 in 1998 but never received a US Plant Patent. The species has a wide distribution through the fynbos in the southern parts of South Africa, an area subject to wildfires for which Protea cynaroides is well adapted to with its thick underground stems that have dormant buds that sprout up after a fire. The genus and plant family is named for the Greek god Proteus, who was able to change between many forms and reflects the incredible variety and diversity of the plants in the family. The specific epithet means like plants in the genus Cynara, the Artichoke, in reference to the similar appearance of the flower buds. Other common names for the species include Giant Protea, Honeypot and King Sugar Bush. We also grow the typical pink flowered species Protea cynaroides and a dwarf form called 'Mini King'Information displayed on this page about  Protea cynaroides 'Arctic Ice' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.