My husband was born in South Africa and this is their national flower is the protea. I wanted to include something to honor his history and this was a perfect way! A beautiful flower with a beautiful story behind it. I surprised his mom, grandma, and aunts on the day of the wedding with this flower and they all cried. They were so happy to have South Africa included in the day. I am so glad I got this flower and added it to the bouquets.