King Protea is not only famously known as the national flower for the republic of South Africa, but also the name of the country’s national cricket team. This flower is one among nearly 2000 different species in the protea family. The genus protea was christened by celebrated botanist Carl Linnaeus back in 1735. Because Proteas have such a wide variety of forms, the botanist named the flower after the Greek god Proteus, who was believed to have an ability to change his form at will. These hugely diverse arrays of plants are also known as Sugarbushes.
In the present day, you can find proteas at various flower parks and gardens around the world. Proteas are also now being grown and propagated commercially by a good number of farms.
Proteas are the true crown jewels of the cape, and visitors to this part of the world should be ready to be awe inspired by this unique flower. A new trend quickly gaining prominence among floral designers is the use of proteas in wedding arrangements. The flower's unique structure plays in very well in creating amazing wedding centerpieces, as well as unique bridal bouquets. Symbolically, the protea symbolises transformation, diversity and courage.