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Products > Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbon'
 
Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbon' - Nodding Pincushion
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Salmon
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Ls. 'Scarlet Ribbons', Ls. 'Bluebeard']
Parentage: (Leucospermum glabrum X L. tottum)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbon' (Nodding Pincushion) A dense compact shrub to 4 to 5 feet tall by as wide with attractive 2 inch long olive-green leaves that have a toothed apex and from February through April, and often well into summer, it produces an abundance of 4 inch wide pincushion flowers. The multi-colored flower heads start a salmon pink color and then open to expose the orange-yellow perianth styles and shiny red tepals that look like ribbons. This cultivar tolerates a wider range of soils, and has above average frost tolerance, being hardy to about 25 degrees. It is also known to produce its showy flowers in profusion within one year of planting. 'Scarlet Ribbon' is a hybrid created by the Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute (VOPI) in South Africa in 1974 as a cross between Leucospermum glabrum and Leucospermum tottum with this resulting seedling hybrid selected in 1980. It was originally named 'Bluebeard' in 1983 but was later registered with Plant Breeders Rights under the name 'Scarlet Ribbon' in 1992, but is often seen listed incorrectly as 'Scarlet Ribbons'. 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. We have grown this durable and attractive shrub since 1999.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbon'.
 
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