Leucospermum cordifolium

Leucospermum cordifolium

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Leucospermum cordifolium
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Pink

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

Leucospermum cordifolium is an upright, evergreen shrub in the Protaceae family, native to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Like proteas, it has a globe-shaped pincushion-type flowers in red and yellow. While commonly grown in South African gardens, it’s less well known in the UK. Indeed, Leucospermum cordifolium is farmed for the cut flower industry, so you’re more likely to have seen the blooms in bouquets, than growing in gardens.

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However, that’s not to say that Leucospermum cordifolium can’t be grown in the UK. You’ll just need to offer protection in winter or grow it in a container, which you can move indoors in autumn.

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Grow Leucospermum cordifolium in well-drained, nutrient-poor, acidic soil in full sun. Water sparingly and don’t feed. In autumn, move container-grown plants indoors for winter, or wrap the plant to protect it from frost.

How to grow Leucospermum cordifolium

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Acidic / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Leucospermum cordifolium and wildlife

Leucospermum cordifolium has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Leucospermum cordifolium poisonous?

Leucospermum cordifolium has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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