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LEUCOSPERMUM cordifolium | Showy Pincushion

LEUCOSPERMUM cordifolium Orange

Showy Pincushion
Red List of South African Plants:  Near Threatened

SKU: B 44
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Proteaceae
Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 1.5 m

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count

$7.50 AUD Excl. GST

A spreading rounded shrub up to 2 m in diameter and about 1.5 m in height produces spectacular large bright orange pincushion-like flowers that are borne profusely in spring.
Horizontal spreading stems branch from the single main stem.
The name Pincushion comes from the style of flowers in this genus.

Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought-tolerant frost tender.

Native to South Africa.

Red List of South African Plants: Near Threatened.

A population reduction of nearly 30% is estimated based on a 34% reduction in range size (EOO) and 29% reduction in AOO as a result of habitat loss and extensive picking of planted and wild plants in the past 60 years (generation length 20 years). This is the most popular horticultural Pincushion. Many cultivars are available and are planted extensively in protea orchards adjacent to natural stands throughout its range. Contamination of natural gene pools is thus a major concern, together with habitat loss due to alien plant invasion and agriculture.

The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C, and there is a difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summers are hot and dry and winter is moderate and wet, autumn is the best time to sow.
In colder climates with less harsh summers, it is usually better to sow in spring.

  1. The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering.
  2. Sow the seed equal to its side deep. Vermiculite is an excellent medium to cover the surface as it helps retain moisture and controls the temperature. 
  3. Keep moist but not too wet, as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out. 
  4. Germination should occur in 30-60 days, depending on the temperature and conditions. 

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended:
Members of the Proteaceae are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment, it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species of the Proteaceae family. 
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken by soaking the seed overnight or applying it to the surface after sowing; both provide good results. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.

*Please note:

  • Please do not be too hasty to discard seeds that do not germinate; seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural germination requirements.
  • As with all seeds, they must have adequate water to keep them moist but not too wet.
  • These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.

If you are uncertain about the requirements for importing seeds into your country, do not hesitate to contact our Export Manager at Australian Seed.

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