Pincushion Protea
Leucospermum cordifolium

Family: Proteaceae (pro-tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leucospermum (loo-koh-SPER-mum) (Info)
Species: cordifolium (kor-di-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aliso Viejo, California

Arroyo Grande, California

Carlsbad, California (2 reports)

Diamond Bar, California

La Mesa, California

Manhattan Beach, California

Mission Viejo, California

Oceanside, California

Sacramento, California

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

Vista, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 27, 2010, fox2y from geelong
Australia wrote:

shrub seeds fairly heavily. sow seed in midsummer and out of direct sun.in seed sowing mix topped with sand. germination a bit erratic so have patience. Be quick on seed collecting as they drop quickly. Soak seed in a solution of 1% hydrogen of peroxide for 24 hours to soften coating or subject seed to heat and/or smoky water.

Positive

On Apr 18, 2005, Chuck1260 from Arroyo Grande, CA wrote:

This plant thrives on the central coast. It blooms very heavily in March and April. It can be planted in the ground. Should not be fertilized. Doesn't seem to get as big as in its native habitat or in Hawaii, but my plants are young so we shall see. I have been picking lots of flowers off of it this year, particularly the firey orange one.