Serruria Florida, or 'Blushing Brides', are a type of flowering protea native to South Africa. The beautiful, papery flowers are thought to have gotten their name from the idea that a young man wore the flower in his lapel if he was about to propose.
Another theory is that a man would give a bloom to the lady he was courting, and the deeper the shade of pink within its' petals, the more imminent a marriage proposal was (causing her to blush of course!)
Serruria was thought to be extinct for over 100 years in the wild in South Africa, until a fire in the 1960's germinated some seeds on the Fransch Hoek Mountains.
The flower was named after Professor James Serrurier, an 18th century Dutch professor of botany at the University of Utrecht.
Blushing Brides lend themselves well to a lot of different floral designs; they can last up to 14 days post harvest and look particularly striking in bridal work. They like cooler weather and flower between May - October in Australia.