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Blushing bride: the details

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Discover one of our favourite blooms... Blushing Bride Flowers

The Serruria Florida or Blushing Bride flower is a flowering Protea plant native to South Africa, and if you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting for these beautiful flowers to bloom!

To further embrace the Blushing Bride season (apart from having them on display), we thought it would be interesting to look at the unusual history of this native flower…


What’s in a name?

There are a couple of stories behind the name; one theory is that the pointy petals of white, cream, pale green and pale pink open to reveal a blush centre, resulting in the name ‘blushing bride’.

Another version is that a young man would wear the flower on his lapel if he was about to propose.

While yet another legend is that a man would give the lady he was courting a bunch of the flowers, and the deeper the shade of pink within its petals, the more forthcoming a marriage proposal was, causing her to blush!

Whatever the real reason was, this native South African bloom has long been in high demand for use in bridal bouquets, floral arrangements or even featuring in wedding hairstyles.

The gorgeous bloom makes for a great native flower bouquet, either on their own or they can be paired with other striking flowers such as roses, carnations, kale flowers and native foliage.

The versatile bloom is perfect for any occasion, be it a romantic gesture, an elegant birthday gift or a sophisticated bouquet to add to your home or office.

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How were Blushing Brides discovered?

While the Blushing Bride is a popular Protea flower now, it wasn’t always. This is because it was thought to be extinct for hundreds of years.

The Serruria Florida flower was found by Carl Thunberg in 1773 in the Fransch Hoek Mountains in South Africa but wasn’t seen again and was thought to be extinct.

It was rediscovered at the French Hoek flower show in 1914. After the rediscovery, it is said that an accidental fire in the 1960s germinated some seeds on the Fransch Hoek mountains.

The Blushing Bride is part of the Fynbos plant species and their seeds only germinate after fire, but if fires happen too often or too quickly the natural seed bank can be threatened. This is because the young seedlings require two years before maturing enough to produce flowers and the new seed crop.

The reason for the disappearance of the flower is somewhat unknown, but it is believed that the natural conditions were not right for the flowers to properly bloom.

 After this, careful conservation measures were taken to ensure the survival of this beautiful native flower and Blushing Bride is now grown all over Australia, South Africa, Israel and the US.

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When Do They Bloom?

Blushing Bride blooms throughout the cooler seasons of Winter and Spring, so the best time to find fresh cut flowers are from July to September in Australia.

Our 2018 Winter Spring Collection and 2018 Luxe Collection feature stunning Blushing Bride floral arrangements ranging from sweet pastels to luxe whites.

 These arrangements, like Evie, Ricki, Seraphina and Athena are only available until 31st August so get in quick!

 Find the perfect Blushing Bride bouquet available in your area, such as Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide and receive same day delivery if you order before 2pm AEDT Monday to Friday and before 10am AEDT on Saturdays.


We’d love to know how you feel about Blushing Bride so head to our Facebook page and let us know!

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