3 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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It is a popular garden plant as well as a much-used cut flower. It is however on the red list of South African Plants as 'Near Threatened' as a result of habitat loss due to alien plant invasion and agriculture as well as uncontrolled picking of flowers, so plant your own. The shrubs do not grow very old because they are prone to Phytophera disease or in the natural habitat will often be burnt down.
Common problems with Pincushion
They are very sensitive to the fungal disease Phytophthora cinnamomeum.
Pincushion Companion Plants
Plant with protea and fynbos species.
How to harvest Pincushion
Cut these lovely cutflowers as needed. Bag the seedheads to capture ripening seed, but allow seedheads to dry on the motherplant.
How to propagate Pincushion
The cuttings should be semi-hardwood, 6-10 cm long, of the current season's growth. The cuttings should be dipped in a rooting hormone solution and placed in a warm growing environment.
Difficult to propagate from seed as many steps are involved-in nature they depend on veldfire to sprout seed. Sowing time best in summer, always use fresh seed. Germination is about 3-4 weeks.
Special features of Pincushion
Attracts nectar-loving birds such as sunbirds.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like ants, bees and butterflies.
Known to grow in poor, dry soil with little rainfall.
Other uses of Pincushion
Grown for their flower heads.
Pincushions make beautiful garden specimens with their bright colours in late winter and early spring.