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Products > Leucospermum 'Tango'
Leucospermum 'Tango' - Tango Pincushion

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Parentage: (Leucospermum glabrum x L. lineare)
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Leucospermum 'Tango' - A dense attractive upright shrub that grows to 6 to 8 feet tall by 4 to 6 feet wide with narrow long green leaves and brilliant bright orange flowers in late spring and early summer. The flowers are long stems and composed of orange stamens and red perianth ribbons. Plant out in the open in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to infrequently. Hardy to around 24 F. This is a very attractive and hardy drought tolerant shrub for the garden where it can be used as a screening or hedge plant or even in a large container and is excellent for cut flower use and for attracting nectar feeding birds into the garden. This plant is a hybrid between Leucospermum glabrum and Leucospermum linare. Though it is variously listed in online sources as L. glabrum x L. linare, indicating that L glabrum is the seed parent, or the reverse with L. linare as the seed parent, it is in fact the former. In the Horticultural Flora of South-Eastern Australia, Volume 3 by Roger Spencer, this plant is listed as a cross between Leucospermum glabrum 'Helderfontein' and Leucospermum linare 'Diadem'. It originated at the Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institute in South Africa in 1979 and selected in 1984 and entered into cultivation in 1993. We received this plant from Dennis Perry of Protea USA. Image on this page from Wikimedia and taken by user Flying Freddy.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Leucospermum 'Tango'.