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Other common names: Gnidialeaf Protea
Characteristics: Evergreen shrub to 2 m
Seeds per packet: 5
A fast growing shrub 2 metre in height indigenous to an area from Aurora to Cape Flats in the Eastern Cape Provence of South Africa. Two or three rows of involucral leaves surround the scented yellow flowers in late spring. Critically endangered in the wild.
Leucadendrons are dioecious, separate male and female plants. Both the male and female flowers occur in dense heads at the branch tips with the male flowers the most attractive, only the female flower will produces cones and seed.
Prefers a well drained soil in a sunny position. Drought and frost tolerant when established.
The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C and there is difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summer is hot and dry and your winter is moderate and wet the best time to sow is autumn.
In colder climates with less harsh summers it is usually better to sow in spring.
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 either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.