The Protea – King of the Mountain
Also known as the Sugarbush flower because of its massive pollen and nectar producing abilities.
The Protea was named after the Greek god Proteus who was able to change shape, size and colour at will.
Did you know that there are around 1500 species? That’s impressive.
Like the Magnolia, the Protea is ancient, dating back 300 million years. They are a species known as ‘angiosperum’ which means they are pollen producers. No wonder the birds, bees and insects are so drawn to them. Fossils reveal that their ancestors grew in Gondwana in the upper Cretaceous. There are 2 families of Proteoideae that are from southern Africa, and Grevilleoideae concentrated in Australia, South America and Eastern Asia.
I suppose the fascinating myth that hides within the feathered petalled bracts makes this a one-of-a-kind flower, symbolizing a beauty that stands out, embracing uniqueness, diversity, and boldness. You can put this flower into any design and it will speak volumes.