The Pincushion Protea has long-lasting flower heads in yellows, oranges and reds consist of a large number of small flowers with stiff protruding styles – fascinating and almost unnatural to the touch. With its mythological associations to change and transformation, it's not surprising that in the language of flowers, protea symbolizes diversity and courage.
The name protea was inspired by Greek mythology. The son of the sea-god Poseidon, Proteus was known for his wisdom. He knew all things, from past to present and future, but he didn't want to share his knowledge with others. To avoid being caught by those seeking his insights, he would change his shape and escape.
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