The Protea is one of the oldest species of plants on this planet and has existed for over 300 million years. Proteas are native to Australia and South Africa and are localised in the Southern Hemisphere. There are over 1,600 different varieties falling under 83 genera which have flourished into discovery. Most of those varieties are recognised horticulturally as one of nature’s hardest plants to propagate.
The name Protea originates from the Greek Legend, where Proteus, son of the Greek God Poseidon, was known for his ability to avoid detection through a mastery of disguise. Some say that he drew his energy from the Protea plant itself – sharing a special connection with it. Don’t be deceived by the Protea though, for when it flowers, it is a reminder to us all that it whispered to the son of a God, holding a magnificence unto itself.
We now see the Protea in the most prestigious of settings and garden arrangements across the world. As a gift, the meaning behind the flower can imply: diversity; adventure; transformation; and courage.