Discover the many different kinds of proteus flowers that vary in size and shape that they were named after Proteus the shape-shifter in Greek mythology.
Proteas have over 1,500 species and are considered among the oldest of flowering plants. They date back 300 million years and is believed to have originated on the supercontinent Gondwana. They are native to the Southern Hemisphere including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Protea is closely associated to South Africa, which named its cricket team after the flower. The largest of the proteas, the King Protea, was made South Africa’s national flower in 1976 because of its crown-like appearance.
With a long, cone-shaped flower made up of short, bright-orange spikes, this plant has beautiful, small dark-green leaves that are serrated and set off the flower beautifully. Birds love these giant blooms, which look stunning in any garden.
A little different than other protea, this one has bright-yellow, very dense and thick flowers consisting of short spikes all over its elongated shape. It also has small leaves that are dark-green with a purplish stem.
Birds’ Nest (Banksia baxterii)
A compact, round bloom that is lime-green in color, the plant has rickrack leaves that are bright-green in color, and the bottom of the bloom is chartreuse in color, making the entire bloom a truly eye-catching plant.
Black Beard (Protea lepidocarpodendron)
With petals that are almost completely black and a flat top, the Black Beard has a cream-colored base and gets up to 2 inches in diameter.
Blushing Bride (Serruria florida)
Best grown in a pot or container, this flower has beautiful white petals with pink stripes and a striking pink-and-cream center. They do best in soil that is rocky and areas that are shady.
Burgundy Sunset PBR (Leucospermum laureolum hybrid)
With beautiful deep-burgundy petals that have almost a shiny look and which are a soft grey-green underneath, they bloom throughout the Fall and Winter and are perfect for growers who want a low-maintenance garden.
Cream Mink (Protea neriifolia)
A dense and beautiful shrub, the flower is a creamy-white and has dark, almost black tips. Its leaves are long and have a yellow vein running through them, and they are very attractive to birds. They also look great in vases and containers.
Donna (Protea compacta hybrid)
A beautiful creamy-white flower with faint flushes of light pink-yellow towards the tips, it looks great as a hedge and as a cut flower, and it is drought-resistant so it can be grown in dry, hot areas.
Flame Giant (Leucospermum)
Looking like a fireball, this flower has bright orange-red spikes with yellow tips and a beautiful yellow center. The center looks like a pincushion and easily makes the spikes look like they’re in motion.
Frosted Fire (Protea neriifolia hybrid)
A dense shrub that grows large amounts of flowers during the Winter, its petals are bright orange-red in color and have white, hair-like structures on the edges. The Frosted Fire is great in vases, and birds love them.
High Gold (Leucospermum)
With a dome-shaped bright-yellow center resembling a pincushion, it consists of bright-yellow spikes and is the same color all over the flower, so if you like cheery-looking yellow, this is the plant for you.
Honeyglow (Protea repens)
The Honeyglow has petals that are bright, cheery yellow and leaves that are dark-red in color. Perfect for hedging and screens, this flower is drought-resistant and looks great in vases. In addition, birds love it.
Juliet (Protea magnifica x pudens)
Low-growing and perfect for small gardens, this flower has spectacular deep pink-red petals with flushes of creamy-yellow throughout and a very large center that includes a dark round button in the very middle. Perfect for containers and vases, it is very attractive to birds and butterflies.
King Pink (Protea cynaroides)
Its petals are pale-pink and elegant in its bud stage, and it has bright-green leaves with cheery yellow tips.
King White (Protea cynaroides)
Stunning when surrounding patios and in flower arrangements, this flower has bright-white petals and a center that consists of lime-green spikes and bright-white tips. They prefer shady areas and rocky soil.
Little Prince PBR (Protea cynaroides)
The Little Prince has bright orange-red petals flushed with a light-green color and a beautiful, thick white center. It blooms in Fall and Spring, the birds love it, and it looks beautiful in vases and containers.
Mardi Gras® Petite (Leucadendron cuneiforme)
In colors of bright- and light-orange, the center is surrounded by beautiful orange spikes and the center looks as though it has a series of ribbons through it. Birds love it, and it is perfect in vases and containers. It is also drought-resistant and looks great in coastal gardens.
Mayday (Protea neriifolia x magnifica)
With deep-pink petals that fade to tips that are soft-white in color, the head gets to 5 inches long and a little over 3 inches in width.
Mint Julep (Banksia speciosa)
This bloom consists of a large cone that is green with a white hue, with the bottom third of the cone a creamy green-yellow color. It gets up to 5 inches long and 2 inches wide, and it makes for a stunning specimen plant.
Niobe (Protea neriifolia x laurifolia)
These plants have petals that are light lime-green in color fading to silver and tips of a furry purplish-black color. It is a very striking plant with bluish-green foliage and a width of 2 inches. It is truly eye-catching.
Orange Frost (Banksia prionotes)
This plant consists of a very large cone-shaped bloom that is soft-white on the top and bright-orange at the bottom. They get up to 6 inches long and 3 inches wide, and their rickrack leaves look like someone took pinking shears to them.
Pink Cream PBR (Protea compacta hybrid)
The Pink Cream has beautiful, rose-pink petals that are both elegant and eye-catching, along with a creamy-white center. It blooms in the Winter, looks beautiful in vases and containers, and does best in rock soil and shady areas, not to mention coastal gardens.
Pink Pearl (Protea compacta hybrid)
Small and compact, this shrub has beautiful light-pink flowers that bloom in Winter and look great in containers and vases. Birds love it, and it has a creamy-white center that perfectly complements its pink petals. It is resistant to drought and does best in full sun or partial shade.
Pixie (Protea pudens x longifolia)
The Pixie is ideal for small gardens, rock gardens, and even containers. It consists of long, narrow, light-pink petals with creamy-white flushes and white hair-like structures on its edges. It is attractive to birds, drought-resistant, and it does great in shady areas and rocky soil.
Possum Magic (Protea magnifica x longifolia)
The Possum Magic has beautiful creamy-yellow petals with bright-orange tips and a dark brown-black, cone-like center. It is low-maintenance and requires little water, and it does great in coastal gardens. It makes a spectacular Spring flower, whether you like it fresh or wish to dry it out for decorating purposes.
Pretty in Pink PBR (Serruria florida x rosea)
With large, eye-catching petals of creamy-white and peppermint-pink markings throughout, this flower is long-lasting and makes a striking display regardless of where you put it. Perfect for vases and containers, it has raspberry-colored spikes in the center with yellow tips, complementing the petals very well.
This flower has bright-green, spiky leaves and creamy-yellow tips that perfectly complement its petals, which are dark-pink at the bottom and turn lighter pink towards the top of the plant. It also has a beautiful dark-pink, cone-like center, making it irresistible for people who love the colors red and pink.
Creamy yellow-orange petals surround a bright-magenta center, and it has hair-like structures on the edges of the petals. Its leaves are dark-green and are outlined in a yellow-orange color, which complements the petals perfectly.
Raspberry Frost (Banksia menziesii)
The Raspberry Frost plant has a large wine-colored cone that has silver stripes on the outside and a bottom ring that opens in yellow. The serrated leaves are a silver blue-green color, and the head gets up to 4 inches long and over 3 inches wide.
Red Eye (Leucadendron)
Looking great in any bouquet, this flower consists of white petals and yellow tips surrounding a protruded, large red-orange bulb in the center. The leaves are bright-green in color and have creamy-yellow tips, making the flower a true bundle of color.
Red Gym (Leucadendron)
With petals that are bright-red on top and a beautiful shade of green underneath, this flower has a cone-like center that contrasts with the petals, making it an eye-catching plant under any circumstance.
Red Pincushion (Leucospermum lineare)
With deep rich-pink spikes and a pincushion center, it has soft-white tips and gets over 3 inches in width. The petals are also layered, giving it an elegant look that is sure to attract attention.
Rose Mink (Protea laurifolia)
This one has layered petals that are deep-pink in color and have soft-white tips. They get over 3 inches in width and have long, slender leaves that seem to complement the petals.
Ruby Blush (Protea rupens)
Elegant-looking, elongated petals of greenish-yellow, creamy-white, and raspberry-pink surround a center of spikes of the same color, making it a plant that is sure to attract attention. Perfect for hedges and screens, not to mention containers, the Ruby Blush is drought-resistant and looks beautiful in a coastal garden.
Safari Sunset (Leucospermum laureolum hybrid)
Blooming throughout the Fall and Winter, this plant has burgundy-red petals that are long and slender, and they are low maintenance and have low watering needs. The Safari Sunset looks beautiful in coastal gardens, and it makes for a perfect screen or hedge.
Scarlet Ribbon (Leucospermum)
The center looks like a pincushion made of bright red-and-white ribbons and bright red-orange spikes with red-orange tops. It is a stunning flower that is very popular with gardeners.
Shady Lady® Red (Telopea speciosissima x oreades)
With dozens of spike-like petals in a striking red color, this plant is hardy, vigorous, and produces these beautiful blooms in the Spring. Birds love it, and the plants love shade and rocky soil. They look great in containers and as hedges or screens, and their bright-red look is something that is easy to show off to others.
So® Successful (Leucospermum lineare hybrid)
A tall variety, this plant has long spikes that are bright red-orange in color and blooms in Spring. It is very attractive to birds, looks great in containers and vases, and works perfectly in coastal gardens, particularly since it is drought-resistant.
Special Pink Ice (Protea neriifolia x susannae)
Of all proteas, this is by far the hardiest one. It has beautiful deep-pink petals and long, narrow leaves that seem to go together well. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant that you don’t have to water very often, this is one to consider. It looks great as a hedge or in vases, and it is drought-resistant as well.
Golden-yellow spikes with hot-pink tips are located underneath, and its center consists of shorter orange-red spikes with magenta tips. It is a truly striking plant that is sure to catch your attention.
Stately PBR (Protea compacta hybrid)
With deep-pink petals and a soft-white trim, this flower blooms in the Winter and looks great as a hedge or screen. Birds love it, and it is sturdy and drought-resistant. It is also beautiful in coastal gardens, and looks great in a vase or container.
Susara (Protea susannae x magnifica)
The Susara is compact and has petals of soft coral tipped with creamy-yellow. With a large, light-coral center and a dark-color in the middle of it, the plant blooms in the Winter and is both easy to grow and low-maintenance. They look great both fresh and dried, and they look spectacular in vases and containers.
Also called a Waratah, this flower is endemic to Australia and is the floral emblem of New South Wales. It has a large center that is shaped like a pincushion made of bright-red spikes tipped in white, and it has bright-red petals of several layers underneath. The petals have pointed tips dipped in a bronze-gold color and a light-colored underlining.
The inside of this bloom has white and dark-pink, almost fuzzy-looking centers with bright yellow-and-orange spikes that curve upwards and are topped with a small, light-yellow ball-like structure. They also have large deep-green leaves that are outlined in a yellow-orange tint, making them very colorful plants.
Venus PBR (Protea rupens x aristata)
A dense shrub colored a beautiful coral-pink and having long, elegant petals and a very noticeable center, it is both low-maintenance and easy to grow. It looks beautiful in vases or as screens or hedges.