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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.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbon'.