Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter Color: Gold Strike

Every February, it dawns on us that winter is a choice. With one trip to the Gold Strike field, we can escape to a ‘botanical haven’ filled with rays of golden sunshine, leaving the winter blues behind. The one thought that some may ponder? What’s its real name? Some call this gorgeous yellow foliage – Yellow Conebush, Cone Bush, Sunshine Conebush, Sunshine Protea Safari Gold Strike or simply leucadendron Gold Strike.

Well, whatever you want to call this winter foliage - it is amazing at this time of the year! It’s one of the most colorful leucadendron - a cross of Strobolinum and Laureolum. Hardy and Tall, Gold Strike has narrow oblong, green leaves spirally arranged on the branches. And, what people first think of as the flowers that look like yellow tulips are in fact bright-yellow bracts.

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