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Leucospermum cordifolium

Also known as

Bobbejaanklou, Luisiesboom, Speldekussing, Luisiesbos (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Pincushion Overview

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. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

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 birds

Attracts nectar-loving birds such as sunbirds.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects like ants, bees and butterflies.

Drought resistant

Known to grow in poor, dry soil with little rainfall.

Attracts bees

Other uses of Pincushion

Grown for their flower heads.


Pincushions make beautiful garden specimens with their bright colours in late winter and early spring.

Proteas | Fynbos

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