From the colour and size they look like Leucadendron salignum. What do you think?
You know your flowers better than I do, and you may be perfectly correct. I haven't seen them flower. But once the flowers are finished the summer is gone, the firewood may be gone too - to warm a hearth.
I thought the oleander!
Warm greetings Fiala,
The bush is about the size and form of the oleander, but Lucadendron has very different foliage and flowers. It is one of the many Proteas, endemic to South Africa.
In New Zealand and Australia, for example, the Proteas are grown for cut-flower market. The blossom lasts a long time when arranged in a vase and it blends well with Australian native flowers.
I presume this little plot, that I have photographed, being in an open field was planted for commercial purposes, originally.
Ian, thanks, greetings, Fiala!
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Photo taken in Akaroa, New Zealand
Misplaced? Suggest new location