The Protea roupelliae is a large shrub native to South Africa that typically grows to between 5-10 feet tall, but under the right conditions, it can develop into a small tree 10-20 feet tall. This very showy protea prefers full sun to partial shade and moderate water. Clusters of fragrant, pink flowers bloom in spring and summer, while in winter and fall, the red and crimson vinous flowers can be seen.
The Protea roupelliae is an attractive plant for hummingbirds and butterflies. With its showy flowers, it makes for a great accent plant in any garden. Even better, its mature plant is quite cold hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as the 30s F for a short time. Grown in USDA Zone 9-11, it is sure to bring color and life into any garden.
When growing Protea roupelliae in a pot, be sure to choose a container large enough to accommodate the mature root system and to provide plenty of drainage. Depending on the climate, provide protection when temperatures drop into the 30s F and above. Avoid excessive water during the winter and make sure the pot has good drainage. To ensure the best possible results, choose a high-quality potting soil that drains well and fertilize with a balanced plant food in spring and summer.