The protea flower is an ornamental flower grown as a cut flower for use in floral arrangements and bouquets as a symbol of diversity, courage, daring or transformation. It can also be dried and used in dried flower arrangements. There are around 1,500 varieties of this flower that include an array of colours, shapes and sizes. It is this wide variety that earned the flower its name. It was named after Proteus, son of the Greek God Poseidon, who liked to while away the hours sleeping under the sun. To avoid detection he would change his appearance and shape often. Protea can be used in bridal bouquets or wedding décor, at special celebrations, and for birthdays and other special events.