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Leucospermum sp., Pincushion, Pincushion Protea

Leucospermum sp.

Pincushion, Pincushion Protea
Family: Proteaceae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

The flowers are produced in dense inflorescences, which have large numbers of prominent styles, which inspires the name.

Species and varieties:

Leucospermum cordifolium

Leucospermum lineare

Leucospermum patersonii

Leucospermum royenifolium


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Leucospermum glabrum - seeds

Nodding Pincushion. Leucospermum belongs to the protea family and is indigenous to South Africa. The inflorescences consist of a large number of small flowers. It is the stiff protruding styles of the flowers which are the source of the common name "pincushion" for this genus. Only a few large, hard, nut-like seeds are produced by each inflorescence. In their natural environment the seeds are collected by ants, stored in the soil, and germinate only after a fire has killed the mature plants and returned the nutrients back to the soil.
Barely cover the seeds with a mixture of coarse sand and soil mix. Keep warm and damp with bright light. Avoid high humidity. Needs fresh air circulation. Slow germinating.
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