King Protea Lamp

Proteas are among some of the most interesting plants… in my opinion. I wanted to do something different. This lamp idea has been in my head for some years now, and I thought the King Protea would be perfect for the project. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did create it.

 

 Materials Needed

- Scheepjes (Maxi Sugar Rush) You can also use any size 10 crochet thread.

 

  • Colors
  • Powder Pink
  • Willow Green or Lime juice Green (Light Green)
  • Forest Green

 

Other Materials

  • 1.25 mm Crochet Needle
  • Glue/ Glue Gun
  • White & Rose Pink Paint
  • Dark & Light Pink Marker

 

- Allene's Draping Liquid (Mix with water) This is optional.

- Light green floral tape

 

 

King Protea Fun Facts

  • Dating back approximately 300 million years, proteas are considered to be among the oldest families of flowering plants on the planet.

  • The father of taxonomy and botanist, Swedish-born Carl Linnaeus, gave the protea (Proteaceae) its name in 1735.

  • Proteas are named after Proteus, son of Poseidon and shape-shifter, highlighting the variety of plants found within the large Proteaceae family.

  • There are over 1500 species in the Protea family growing in many different shapes, sizes, and colors.

  • The King Protea got its name due to resembling a crown and also because it is the largest among all the other Proteas.

  • The King Protea symbolizes courage and diversity. King protea gets all the water it needs from the fog. Leaves absorb moist which collects on their surface.

  • The leaves of king protea can be consumed in the form of tea.

  • There are 81 varieties of king protea.

  • King protea is the national flower of South Africa. The national cricket team of South Africa is known as “the Proteas”.

The King Protea can live up to 15 years in the wild.