Pincushions originate largely from the Western Cape, but have proved to be excellent garden plants in many parts of the country including, Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding areas. Follow the correct planting and aftercare procedures and your garden can be filled with a spectacular array of these lovely shrubs.

Full sun and well drained, acidic soil are vital. Water the plants well after planting for the first 1 to 2 years. Thereafter, they pretty much take care of themselves. Mulch with a layer of pine bark. Do not apply any fertiliser at any stage. Never dig around or disturb the roots. Prune back after flowering.

5 Incentives to plant Leucospermums (Pincushions):

  • They’re uniquely South African flowers
  • They bloom in winter and early spring
  • They provide long lasting cut flowers for the vase
  • They attract sunbirds to the nectar rich flowers
  • They need little care and attention once established