When planning your big day, choosing a beautiful, as well as a meaningful flower is one of the most important parts! Typically measuring up to 12 inches wide, the protea is an eye-catching flower that is perfect for a bold bouquet or spicing up minimalist decorations.
With over 1,600 species of the protea flower, it can be hard to choose just one favorite. FTD shared a post highlighting the 5 top types of protea used in weddings, along with some inspiration on how to incorporate this statement flower into a bouquet or centerpiece. Whether you’re newly engaged or in the middle of planning, take a look at these ideas for a wedding flower that is sure to make a lasting impression!
Protea Flower Types
There are over 1600 species of protea. Because of how diverse they are, the genus was named after Proteus, a Greek god who would morph into many shapes These five types of protea are popular in wedding bouquets:
- King Protea – The king protea has the largest flower head. It looks like a large white bulb with pink, pointy petals sticking up around it. Its size typically ranges from 8 to 12 inches in diameter and 3 to 4 feet tall.
- Queen Protea – The queen protea has the second largest flower head, ranging from 6 to 8 inches. It’s known for its black-tipped center. Its petals tend to hug the center more closely than the spiky petals of the king protea.
- Pink Ice Protea – The pink ice protea is popular for weddings because of its bold color. It’s typically brighter and slightly smaller than the queen protea. This makes it a good choice for those who want a flower with a texture that doesn’t overwhelm the bouquet.
- Pincushion Protea – The bold pincushion protea looks like many thin pins are sticking out of it, giving it a unique appearance. It comes in bright yellow, orange and red, making it perfect for a statement bouquet.
- Blushing Bride – Measuring only inches wide, these delicate flowers are great accents to bouquets. They’re also good for corsages and boutonnieres. They are named for their pink “blushing” center that pokes out from among the petals.
Protea Flower Bouquet Ideas
Since protea flowers come in a range of colors, they lend themselves to both bold, bright bouquets and bouquets with muted tones. Add greenery, baby’s breath and soft pink flowers to play up the color and texture of the protea, or surround it with bright colors for a bouquet that pops!
Protea Flower Centerpiece Ideas
The size of proteas makes them a great focal point for centerpieces. Complement them with unique vases and terrariums, or put them directly on the table among greenery for a unique floral table runner.