A Protea Wreath Is the Perfect Way to Ring in 2022—And Not Just for Its Pop of Color
A subtropical flowering shrub that looks a bit like it came from outer space, protea adds a pop of color when paired with its charming cousins.
For a fresh take on your holiday entryway, look no further than a handmade protea wreath from Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers in San Diego County. Each one is picked to order and one of a kind.
So, what is protea anyway?
A subtropical flowering shrub that looks a bit like it came from outer space, protea (Protea cynaroides) was named by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus after Proteus, the Greek god who could change into a lion, serpent, leopard—even a tree. It makes sense: Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, for one, grows more than 10 genera and 1,500 species, shapeshifters all.
A few favorites are the aptly named, candy-floss-centered ‘Coastal Candy,’ the cherry-cola colored ‘Ceres,’ and the winter-blooming ‘Pristine.’ Because protea grow year-round, the farm is like an out-of-this-world super bloom.
The growers’ wreath arrangements often feature protea with its charming cousins, pincushion (Leucospermum), Grevillea (pincushion’s floppy friend), Banksia (best described as brilliantly sea-sponge-esque), and eucalyptus foliage.
Meanwhile, the approximately 300-million-year-old flowers—which only thrive in harsh conditions—represent resilience and strength. What better choice than a protea wreath to symbolically ring out 2021, and welcome 2022?
Wreaths start at $100 at resendizbrothers.com. Shipping is available, and styles may vary.