The protea flower is native to South Africa and Australia but has been widely planted in Hawaii since the Protea are considered the oldest family of plants on earth. The protea family was named in after the Greek God, Proteus. In greek mythology, Proteus had the ability to change shape and form at his will; hence the name give to these flowers with such a diverse array of colors, shapes, textures and sizes. In this post I will focus on a few varieties categorized as mink protea.Mink protea are nicknamed this because of their fury and feathery tops and include 5 different varieties. Pink Ice (bottom right) and Rose Mink (bottom left) are favorites of wedding florists with their rich, frosted pink petals, one with and one without the fury mink tops.The very striking and full bodied Niobe Protea are light lime green to silver with the tip of each petal topped with a furry purplish-black tip. At we love accenting bridal bouquet with these incredibly unique and stunning flowers.
Black Beard is another variety that is almost entirely black from the fury tips down with hints of cream and green around the base. The variation in color and texture make protea a perfect complement to floral centerpieces.Mayday is the 5th variety under the mink umbrella with layered feathery petals in a deep, rich pink color that turn soft white at the tips. Mink protea are long lasting so there is no need to worry about them wilting and fading on your guest tablesBecause of their size which ranges from 3″ to 5″ in height, the mink protea makes an excellent focal flower. A single mink can make a statement in an arrangement with tropical foliage or in my personal favorite, a mixed garden style bouquet. These beauties also make a stunning display when several are placed together in a vase. Call today to start planning the perfect decor and florals for your big day!