Saturday, 24 March 2007



I spotted an interesting flower last week in a floral display. It was called a Protea. The flower heads are very similar to thistles and it is said that they last far longer than any other flower head in a display. In their native country of South Africa they are the national flower. Climate wise they probably wouldn’t be suitable for outside here but I’ll bet they could be grown in a greenhouse. The Proteaceae are an ancient family, probably one of the oldest groups of flowering plants. Scientific probes into the early history of plant life have shown that the ancestors of today's Protea were present 300 million years ago. There are some 329 known species of Protea in South Africa. In these areas the flowers are mostly harvested in the wild, though in later years many flower plantations have sprung up for the commercial growing of the flower


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