Two of a kind

Published: Monday 12th of December 2016

Pincushion in the wild

It is perhaps not common knowledge that a number of the Proteas, Leucospermums (Pincushions) and even the Leucadendrons (Cone bush) that one sees for sale in supermarkets, deli’s and florists are hybrids of two wild ‘parent’ species. For example the yellowy-orange Pincushion, Leucospermum conocarpodendron that has recently been flowering in the mountains around Cape Town, is one of the parents of the commercially grown Lsp. Veldfire and Lsp. Tango. Just as Protea aristata is one of the parents of the popular Protea Venus which starts flowering in May.

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