I learned about protea 40 years ago. One lady was very excited to be a member of the Protea Society and wanted to recruit me as a member.
Protea? "It is the most unbelievable flower." She went to her kitchen and brought out her prized collection. "How interesting!" It was a dry, hairy, odd ball. I never did go to the meeting of the Society.
My trip to Hawaii changed the whole idea about how beautiful this flower is. It is not too late to become a member of the Society.