A little bit about leucospermum

Leucospermum is often caught up in case of mistaken identity. If it's not confused for a leucadendron, it’s often sold as a protea by florists who don’t want to confuse customers with the long Greek name, which means ‘white seed’, from the shining seed vessels. But take a closer look at a leucospermum flower and you’ll see that unlike proteas and leucadendrons, which have showy bracts around their flower heads, a leucospermum flower is the star of the show. The beautiful, pincushion-like flowers are brilliantly coloured in red, orange or yellow from spring to early summer, while the foliage takes the form of an evergreen, compact and attractive woody shrub with thick, leathery leaves.

Botanical name: leucospermum

Common name: pincushion

Height: 1.5 - 3 metres Width: 1 - 2 metres

Ideal spot: Leucospermum needs well-drained, slightly acidic soil and an open, full sun spot.

Where to grow leucospermum? You can grow leucospermum in your garden bed or a pot.

When does leucospermum bloom? From spring to early summer.


Caring tips

How to prepare for planting

Although leucospermum is not a native, it benefits from a native planting mix.


Give your leucospermum a native fertiliser straight after flowering.


Leucospermum doesn't need special pruning apart from cutting off dead flowers and/or cutting it to shape. Leucospermum makes a beautiful and long-lasting cut flower too.


Remove caterpillars and their egg clusters and use organic controls like Dipel or Eco-Neem.


Give your leucospermum plenty of water when planting, then water once or twice a week once established.