The genus Protea was named in 1735 after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms this name is perfect for the flower with a thousand “faces”
Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century. Many species were introduced to Europe in the 18th century, enjoying a unique popularity at the time amongst botanists.
The extraordinary richness and diversity of species characteristics are thought to be caused in part by the diverse landscape where populations can become isolated from each other and in time develop into separate species.
Designing with Protea