Leucospermum lineare is a small shrub native to South Africa, also known as Needle-leaf Pincushion. It grows between 2 to 5 feet tall and produces red and crimson vinous flowers, with a yellow or orange center. This plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, so its a great choice for gardens and flower beds. It's hardy in USDA Zones 9-11 and should be planted in full sun for best blooms.
When it comes to water, this plant does not need lots of it and in fact, it may soon suffer from root damage with excessive watering. Moderate watering is all it needs. During cold winters, it's recommended to grow this plant in a pot, indoors or in a greenhouse. Provide proper drainage and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. The pot should be placed in a sunny or brightly lit location and the soil should be light and well-draining. Fertilize the plant with low-nitrogen organic fertilizer once in spring.
Leucospermum lineare is a great addition to any garden, with its soft red-white bracts and yellow-orange flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. For best results, grow it in full sun with moderate watering and proper drainage. In cold regions, it can be grown in a pot with low-nitrogen organic fertilizer. Enjoy the beauty of this plant as it brings color and life to your garden.