The Leucadendron plants are actually native to South Africa and they are stunningly colorful plants that are capable of growing around the world. The Leucadendron plants are known for their low maintenance tendencies and also bright colors, which really makes them a great choice for hot weather, drought prone gardens. Continue reading to learn more about growing this wonderful plant.


Leucadendron Plant Info

 Actually the leucadendron plants are relatives of Protea plants. They are commonly known as a conebush, the Greek name is something of a misnomer. “Leukos” which means white and “dendron” which means tree, although the white Leucadendrons can be found, the leucadendron plants are most popular for their vividly vibrant colors. Each of the stalks of the leucadendron plant is topped with a large inflorescence – the flower of the plant itself is relatively small, while the brightly colored “petals” are actually bracts, or modified leaves. These inflorescences can sometimes reach about twelve inches in diameter.  The leucadendron plants have a shrub-like growth habit and they usually reach about four to six feet tall and wide.


  How to Grow Leucadendron Plants

 The Leucadendron plant care is not too difficult, as long as your growing conditions are very okay. The Leucadendrons plants are not cold hardy and they are only suited to outdoor growing in USDA zones nine through ten. Having Leucadendron plants in the garden is very low maintenance as long as conditions are warm enough. The Leucadendron plants are drought tolerant, and the plants only need to be watered during particularly dry periods. You can water deeply once per week instead of lightly every day. Make sure you keep the leaves from getting wet and also space them so that the leaves will not touch any other plants, this will also help to prevent disease. Make sure you plant your Leucadendrons in a well-draining spot with full sun. The Leucadendron plants don’t actually need extra fertilizer, though they prefer slightly acidic soil. The Leucadendron plants can be pruned back very heavily. After blooming you can easily cut back of the woody material to just above a node, this will really encourage new bushier growth. If you actually live outside their hardiness area it may be possible to grow the Leucadendron plants in a container that can be overwintered indoors or simply treat the Leucadendron plants as an annual in the garden.   

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