Protea 'Pink Ice'


Family: Proteaceae (pro-tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Protea (PROH-tee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Ice



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlsbad, California

Mission Viejo, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 7, 2008, sandiegojames from San Diego, CA wrote:

While not the showiest of proteas, this is certainly a tough and attractive plant. Mine is now a large shrub, ca. 10 x 8 feet, and has been blooming non-stop since the fall (now into March). It gets virtually no supplemental summer water here near the coast, and the plant stays green and attractive.


On Feb 3, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. 'Pink Ice' can be grown in sun or shade.


On Nov 16, 2007, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Protea Pink Ice was developed by Proteaflora, a nursery in Australia. According to Proteaflora, it is a from a cross between Protea neriifolia x Susannae. It is drought tolerant and can withstand more frost than most protea. This one also can grow on the coast and withstand heavier soil without rotting.

I have also seen it listed on other websites as a hybrid created by P Matthews with its parents being P. compacta x P. Susannae. I have several emails out asking for clarification. In all places, it is listed as a hardy protea. Follow up: I just heard from David Mathews of
Proteaflora Nursery who has informed me it is from a cross between Protea neriifolia x Susannae.

In general:
The genus Protea was named after the Greek God Proteus who co... read more