Flower of the month - July
Protea is South Africa’s national flower. With more than 1,500 varieties, Protea is a symbol of strength, diversity and courage.
Dating back approximately 300 million years, proteas are considered to be among the oldest families of flowering plants on the planet.
Proteas are also known as sugarbushes, due to the excessive amount of nectar the flowers produce.
The most famous Protea is the King Protea, named because of its resemblance to a crown. The King Protea is the largest of all proteas and became South Africa’s national flower in 1976. The flower appears on South African birth certificates and passports, as well as on the South African 5-Rand coin, and the ‘Proteas’, South Africa’s cricket team, also took its name from this unique flowers.