Leucospermum cordifolium

Water Needs

moderate

Leucospermum cordifolium
Shrub small; Shrub medium
Pincushion

ize: 1.5 m x 1.5 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

Tender

Flowers

Orange, red; cultivars in various colours. July to December; winter spring summer

sun; sandy soils; rockery; screen; shrubbery; slope bank; wildlife bees insects butterflies birds sunbirds

Garden Situation

Habitat

fynbos

Region

western cape

Rain Season

Winter

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Description

This much loved shrub is a glorious sight in gardens around the country from July to December. The original species comes in shades of orange to red, with many cultivars available around the world in variations of these colours, including yellow. Flowers are borne in clusters at the ends of long, fairly straight branches perfect for the vase. Preferring acid soils this shrub grows successfully in most parts of the country, but they last only eight to ten years. Leucospermum are susceptible to the fungal disease, Phytophthroa cinnamomeum, that kills the plant, but are otherwise hardy garden plants. Tolerant of sandy and coastal conditions.

Leucospermum cordifolium
Leucospermum cordifolium