Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Hardy – Can Handle frost without damage.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Indigenous – Originates in South Africa.
|Uses in landscape design|
Colourful in the shrub border, where it attracts birds. Makes a wonderful cut flower.
Planting: It needs well-drained, acid soil in a sunny position with good ventilation, and a good mulch of acid compost or wattle leaves. When planting, prepare a hole just big enough to take the root ball; do not use manure and do not disturb the roots.
In summer-rainfall regions, you need to water pincushions well during the dry winter months.
These plants need well drained, acidic soil in a sunny position, and a good mulch.
Pincushions are evergreen, winter flowering shrubs of the protea family. Many species and varieties are available from nurseries. They are quite adaptable and will grow in most rainfall regions.
Many pincushion species and varieties are available from nurseries. ‘Ballerina’, a spreading shrub, about 1.5m, has pink flowers from July to October; ‘Highgold’ is a strong, upright growing shrub with large, yellow flowers; ‘Tango’ a rounded shrub, 1.5m, has peach-coloured flowers in early summer.
- Botanical name: Leucospermum species
- Common name(s): Pincushion protea
- Categories: Shrubs and Perennials
This evergreen, winter-flowering shrub, one of the loveliest indigenous plants, flowers for 6–8 months. Pincushions vary from upright growing to low spreading. It is native to the south western Cape but is quite adaptable and will grow in most areas of the country. In areas that receive severe frost, plant it in a sheltered spot. They need well-drained soil in a sunny position, and a good mulch. When planting, prepare a hole just big enough to take the root ball, do not use manure and do not disturb the roots. In summer-rainfall regions, you need to water pincushions well during the dry winter months.
Botanical Pronunciation: loo-koh-SPER-mum
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Requires moderate maintenance.