Protea’s strange and whimsical petals and centers attract people everywhere. It even has a prehistoric look about it, which makes sense because they date back 300 million years. They are favorites at Sunshine Bouquet to add texture and something extra special to a bouquet. Carl Linnaeus decided to pay tribute to the flower’s unique look by naming it after the Greek god of the sea, Proteus, who could change his form at well.
Protea’s meaning relies heavily on the circumstances of the receipt of the flowers and the relationship between the giver and receiver. The potential meanings are diversity, daring, transformation, and courage.
South Africa’s national flower is the King Protea. The name is earned from the colorful petals seeming to create a crown. The nation’s cricket team also adopted the name the Proteas.
The separate colors of the protea may also signify the true meaning of the flower:
White: purity, honesty, integrity.
Red: love and passion.
Yellow: friendship, compassion, trust.
Pink: femininity, motherly love, compassion.
Orange: cheerfulness, happiness, joy, unlimited possibilities.
Green: harmony, good fortune.
Purple: royalty, mystery, charm, grace.
Blue: peace, serenity.
Some type of protea flower can be used to treat chest congestion, coughs, digestive issues, and diarrhea.