This week has been a celebration of ‘flowers I previously disliked’. First there were carnations (which I now love in all their neon purple glory) and today: Protea. Every now and then I would walk home past my corner store and catch a few of these poking out between bouquets of dyed carnations and sad-looking roses. They always felt like such thorny, woody aliens to me. I always appreciate flowers for their soft petal-y delicateness and here were these huge prehistoric things scratching outside of their plastic packaging. But when I started researching them more deeply and investigating different varieties, I was blown away by their history and how beautiful they can be. I mean look at these! And these! Stunning. I can’t wait to find a way to work these into my floral rotation at home. xo, grace
Additional Information about the Protea:
- Full Name: Protea
- Growing details: Proteas are flowering plants that need full sun and a dry climate, so they do best in areas like Southern California where the climate is conducive to their heat needs year-round.
- Varieties: There are several varieties of Protea, form the soft and delicate ‘Blushing Bride‘ Protea to the tough (and huge!) King Protea. You can see more varieties here.
- Size: Protea have large floral heads range from 3 to 12 inches in size.
- Cost: Price ranges depending on variety, but the most standard varieties are available from $3 to $8 per stem. Protea dry extremely well so you can easily extend their usage!
- Fun facts: 300 million-year-old fossils show that Protea are one of the oldest plants in the world!
Photograph by Maxwell Tielman