Proteas became quite a novelty in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties in the 1960’s when horticulturist Howard Asper first successfully propagated them. Thriving in the California soil, protea flowers became a booming industry and were eventually introduced to Hawaii. Both regions are so closely approximate to the native climate and soil of this family that propagation has been, and continues to be, a complete success. Protea are grown commercially in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, South America, Hawaii, and California. As seen from the growing areas, protea flowers are more of a Mediterranean-grown flower than a tropical. Proteas have bi-sexual flowers in cone-like heads with colored leaf-like bracts at the base, and are greatly valued by florists because of their unusual beauty and long vase life.
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