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Silky Haired Pincushion
Characteristics: Small shrub to 1-2.5 metre with a 3 metre spread
Seeds per packet: 5
An attrctive small spreading shrub with extremly showy pincushion with large rounded two toned bright orange flowers which turn to crimison on maturity.
The inflorescences are about 8-10 cm occurring at the end of the branches over an extended period of time with the resulting in a spectucular display of colour.
Leucospermum (Pincushion, Pincushion Protea or Leucospermum) is a genus of flowering plants with 48 known species native to Zimbabwe and South Africa, where they occupy a variety of habitats, including scrub, forest, and mountain slopes.
Leucospermum are evergreen shrubs growing to 0.5-5 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, tough and leathery, simple, linear to lanceolate, 2-12 cm long and 0.5-3 cm broad, with a serrated margin or serrated at the leaf apex only. The flowers are produced in dense inflorescences, which have large numbers of prominent styles, which inspires the name.
The genus is closely related in evolution and appearance to the Australian genus Banksia.
Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought and frost.
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.