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PlantFiles: 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)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

shrub seeds fairly heavily. sow seed in midsummer and out of direct 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 Chuck1260 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.


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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