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Products > Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Spike'
 
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Spike' - Red Nodding Pincushion

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Spike' (Red Nodding Pincushion) - A rounded spreading evergreen shrub whose stems curve out and then up reaching to 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide with orange-colored pincushion flowers (technically the styles of many small flowers in a tight cluster) in late winter to early spring. This cultivar is noted as being later blooming, peaking in February and March and having some of the largest of the pincushion flowers with flower heads reaching 4 to 6 inches wide.

Plant in well-drained, amended (acidic) soil, along with full sun to ensure a bountiful bloom. It is drought tolerant and cold hardy to about 25 degrees F. Though relatively short lived in the garden, on average lasting about eight years, these plants can be a major and dramatic focal point in the garden and the flowers are great in arrangements.

The native habitat of Leucospermum cordifolium is restricted to only a small region the south Western Cape of South Africa, where it grows with only winter rainfall in acidic nutrient poor soils. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'leukos' meaning "white" and and 'sperma' meaning "seed" in reference to the white fleshy skin, called a elaiosome, that covers the seeds. The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'cor' (Greek 'kardia') meaning "heart" and 'folius' meaning "a leaf" in reference to the heart shape of the leaves. We grew this variety from 1999 until 2009 from plants originally received from J&R Growers. 

This information about Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Spike' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.

 
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