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The King Protea (Protea cynaroides)is the National Flower of South Africa

A very distinctive Protea, having the largest flower head in the genus.
The species is also known as Giant Protea or Honeypot, is widely distributed in the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa of the fynbos region.

The King Protea has several colour forms and horticulturists have recognized 81 garden varieties, some of which have injudiciously been planted in its natural range. In some varieties the pink of the flower and red borders of leaves are replaced by a creamy yellow.
This unusual flower has a long vase life in flower arrangements, and makes for an excellent dried flower.

The King Protea is also is the flagship of the The Protea Atlas Project, run by the South African National Botanical Institute.

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