Leucospermum

Did you know?

These are actually native to South Africa though they look similar to the native banksias with whom they are closely related. Like banksias they are an important source of food for birds and insects.

Types

There are around 50 species of these flowers also called Pincushions, Pincushion Proteas, of the family Proteaceae. There a number of species that are commercially available in Australia. Including red, yellow and orange pinwheels. Most Australia flowers are grown around Sydney and Melbourne. Stems range between 30 and 70 cms.

Selection and Care

Look for straight, strong stems with well developed flowers and green leaves. Avoid yellow or dried leaves. Cut a minimum of 2cm off the stem, strip the bottom leaves off, and put in cold water with a flower preservative, Keep cool.

Availability

All year round.