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Leucospermum cordifolium (Salisb. ex Knight) Fourc.

Pincushion protea

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This south African plant is not native to North America, but is popular with gardeners in warm climates.

Identification: Pincushion proteas are named for their pincushion-like appearance—flowerheads are up to 5″ (12 cm) across, rounded, with many thin petals resembling pins. Leaves are leathery and sharp-tipped.

Online References:

Forest and Kim Starr’s Starr Environmental site (Leucospermum)

The South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com




ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

ProteaFlora (Leucospermum cultivars)

Leucadendron nutans Kuntze


Leucospermum cordifolium description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Leucospermum cordifolium (pincushion protea)

3/2/2001 · Kula Botanical Garden, Maui, Hawaii