Monday, March 21, 2011

Floral Spotlight: Protea

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One of the oldest families of flowers on earth, this 300 million year old bloom comes in about 1,400 different varieties and is a totally unique way to bring in a pop of color to your big day.  Protea gets its name from Proteus, the Greek god who was able to change his appearance if he needed, because of the many varieties available.

These unique flowers are native to South Africa and Australia but are commercially grown in California and Hawaii as well, making them easily available year-round {depending on the type you are looking for}.

Here are some in action:

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Chris Munton

Cara Mia Photography

Jen Lynne Photography

How cool is this with the cactus?

Dreamstine


Floret Cadet

Brooklyn Wedding Flowers

Love Made Visible

And while you're at it, take a look at this entire wedding featured over on Cap Classique!

I love these pincushion protea...

TM Photography

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King protea...

Floral Design by Jacqueline

Komali Nunna

And on the cake...

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Protea inspiration beyond weddings, including this DIY whitewashed decor from Freshly Found...

Freshly Found

Protea wall decor...

Olive Leaf Stencils

New to the floral spotlights?  Click here to see the rest.

Happy Monday everyone!  

27 comments:

  1. What a fabulous post, at Blushing Blooms we love natives and this is a great collection of new and inspiring shots we haven't seen before. We will add a link to this blog entry from our blog next time we write on natives - its one of the best write ups we are yet to find. Lovely!

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  2. Protea are really really cool plants and they do work amazingly as part of a wedding. I think they are a statement so better really want to make that statement, but if you dare as a bride, then go all out! It will be wonderful.

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  3. Lovely roundup - I adore proteas! I love the variety here - South African brides do tend to go the same protea ringed with roses direction at the moment and, while lovely, there's so much more to do with them!

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  4. Such an amazing flower!! They're quite common in NZ as well. Great selection here!

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  5. So happy I found your page.. I make gumspaste (sugar) flowers and love this post showing so many spring flowers. You even showed a gumpaste flower on the cake.. these pictures are amazing..

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  6. Wow! Those are new to me and oh-so-beautiful!! So many great ways to incorporate them into your day!

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  7. I would love those with artichoke! I like them mixed with cactus.

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  8. I love these posts. I learn so much about floral options. To be honest, I had never heard of Protea before. What a fun addition to a wedding!

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  9. They are so fun! Almost, not from this world...:)

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  10. Those whitewashed proteas are something ELSE! Lovely gathering. Happy Monday :)

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  11. These are so gorgeous, Jacin! Love them. You're making me covet them for our wedding. :)

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  12. I've been crushing on these lately and I think they've officially moved to the top of my list, just under dahlias and ranunculus! They add an extra dimension to bouquets and arrangements that you just don't find in every flower. Wonderful round up, Jacin!

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  13. This flower always mesmerizes me. So exotic looking and incredibly beautiful in the most different way. It definitely is an amazing flower for a bouquet.

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  14. These are such an amazing flower, I saw them at the Philadelphia Flower Show...cant wait to share my picture of them! :)

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  15. Those flowers are so beautiful and I adore the whole selection. So many amazing ideas:) happy Monday, my dear
    Kisses

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  16. i never knew their name! they have such spunk, i just adore them!!

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  17. wowzas! those are some big, bright and bold flowers! i think they're quite lovely if designed and paired right. i love the look of it in the tin cans!

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  18. wow!! never knew there were so many varieties!!!

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  19. Wow, these flowers are exquisite! Your blog is so lovely and filled with all kinds of gorgeous xo

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  20. That pink bouquet is STUNNING! I love how ancient these look-so beautiful!

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  21. Per usual, I LOVE your flowers posts. (Especially as I patiently wait for spring, ugh!)

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  22. Wow - they are so beautiful! I have a new found love for proteas! ;)

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  23. oh my goodness they are gorgeous!! I saw one on Style Me Pretty once and fell in love with it!

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  24. Amazing and gorgeous. I love all the bridal bouquets with the color schemes.

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  25. what an unique and beautiful flower! I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did, beautiful space :)

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