Protea originates from South Africa, where the Swedish botanist Karl Linnaeus discovered it in 1735. He named the flower after the Greek god Proteus. The story goes that Proteus could transform himself into anything he wanted, and because of the many shapes a Protea can have, Linnaeus thought this was the perfect name.
In South Africa Protea is also called ‘Suikerbossie’: sugar wood. This is because of the juice the flower gives, it tastes very sugary.
Did you know that Protea symbolizes diversity and transformation? How could it be otherwise, with this name!
Colors, Shapes, And Availability
There are many Protea varieties, with a wide range of shapes and colors. The varieties Holex USA offers and the availability, are the following:
- Ayoba-White Knight: May – July
- Barbigera: August – December
- Barbigera Ice Queen: April – December
- Barbigera Snow Princess: July – September
- Brenda: May – August
- Blushing Bride: June – September
- Cynaroides Ayoba Arctic Ice: October – December
- Cynaroides Pink: January – December
- Cynaroides Red Rex: August – October
- Carnival: January – June
- Ivy: February – April
- Lady Di: June – August
- Limelight: April – June
- Niobe: April – July
- Pink Ice: February – July
- Pink Lady: May – July
- Red Sensation: August
- Sharon: June – December
- Sheila: June – September
- Susara: April – July
- Sylvia: January – December
- Venus: April – September
- White Pride: April – May
Design Combinations with Protea
Protea is a flower that can shine on it own: just put one stem in a vase, and it will look spectacular! But this gorgeous flower can also be combined very well with other flowers. Try to mix Protea Arctic Ice with Brunia, white Roses, and Kochia. Or, for a more tropical look and feel, mix Protea Barbigera with Pincushions and other colorful summer flowers.
Shop Care Tips
When the flowers arrive, put them in fresh, clean water in a clean bucket or vase. Proteas are thirsty flowers, so be careful to put in enough water! Don’t put the flowers in a draughty or very warm space.