Leucospermum (Pincushion Protea)
Leucospermum, (otherwise known as Pincushion Protea), is a genus of the protea family Proteaceae and is native to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Closely related to Banksia, Leucospermum require smoke from bush fires to spread their seeds.
The florescent flowers consist of numerous upright hooks covering a central globe. The stems are woody, so conditioning should be similar to any other protea.
Leucospermum are available virtually year round as a cut flower these days and are commonly used in hotel floral displays as they like the warmth. Because of this leucospermum make a fantastic long lasting tropical flower for use in summer months. Why not try using leucospermum in your next wedding flowers project?
On the wholesale flower markets leucospermum is sold in wraps of 10 stems and are usually no taller than 50cm.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut leucospermum please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the leucospermum in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the leucospermum in a warm place and always keep out of the way of children.