This is a Protea, also known as bearded sugarbush. The national flower for the Republic of South Africa. Also, Australia has adopted the variety Telopea as the floral emblem of New South Wales.
Are these feathers arranged in a circle?
Or are these feathers in a flower arrangement?
No, but that is what it made me think of first.
The bracts with the "fur" certainly could give one that idea.
In painting this flower I stayed closer to what I saw, since I have never seen this flower in reality.
© 24 x 24 Oil, St. GermainI was so taken by the feathery appearance, that I did not want to wait till I would go to Hawaii. That is another place where the Protea is sold.
This flower grows in a variety of soils and can stand from 32 degrees Fahrenheit up to near 80 degree weather. This flower certainly catches whiffs of my dreams!