The Protea is one of the oldest flowering plants and its name also comes from Greek Mythology, named after the god "Proteus". Swedish naturalist, Linnaeus, named the plant in 1735 because like Proteus the god, the flower is able to easily change its appearance. The flower is grown in southern Africa, Australia and South America. In South Africa alone there are 329 species growing including the Protea, Leucadendron and Leucospermum while the Banksia species grows in Australia. As the history behind its name suggests, the Protea has a breathtaking array of appearances making it a stunning and diverse flower to have in the home. It also makes an excellent dried flower.