Drakensberg Protea Dracomontana – Dwarf Protea

Drakensberg Protea (Protea Dracomontana)

The Drakensberg Protea Dracomontana is commonly found on the grassy slopes of the Drakensberg at altitudes between 1600m and 2500m.

It only grows up to 1m tall, so you can see why it is commonly known as the dwarf protea.You can read more about this special plant here.

Protea Dracomontana flowers vary in color from creamy yellow, to pink and even light red.  Like all Proteas in the Drakensberg it relies on the winter fires to help it germinate.  These proteas generally flower in the wet summer months.

At least 75% of the plant grows underground to protect the structure from the fires it relies on to germinate…

Even though it is called Protea Dracomontana it is also found from the Eastern Cape, all the way up to the Inyanga Mountains in Zimbabwe. If you want to check out this flower then you should join me on a hike.

Giants Castle 3 day hike
Protea in front of Monks Cowl
Protea with Drakensberg Views
Beautiful Drakensberg Protea