Tuesday, April 9, 2019

In the Field: Leucospermum Erubescens

Within the wonderfully diverse world of Leucospermum or more commonly called pincushions, Erubescens ranks among the most distinct, captivating and eye-catching. They’re so easy to spot, petite oval flowerheads 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter and clustered in four to eight together at the end of the stems. They are somewhat asymmetical with the styles leaning a bit towards the stem. Each individual flower starts out yellow, gradually opening to reveal a bright crimson, from which long styles stick out, giving the flowerhead as a whole the appearance of a single pincushion.

Other common names for this intriguing Leucospermum are Fruit Salad, Langeberg pincushion, and orange flame pincushion. Blooms are produced early spring into summer and can last on the bush for up to two months.

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