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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Leukospermum - Pincushion


Dark red Pincushions add texture to my Veiled Sunshine competition design

Common name



Western parts of South Africa


There are more than 50 species in this genus


green, yellow, orange, red, red tipped, milky yellow and apricot yellow

Vase life

The flowers should last a month or longer.


Almost honey scented


Very graphic flower. Really makes a statement. Great when you want a mass of colour with the added bonus of texture


Break the woody stems to hydrate. Most proteas dry well. They do not require a lot of water and will last well even in foam. Remove all foliage that will fall below the water line while hydrating. Place in room temperature water (with flower food)overnight. Replace the water often to prevent the leaves from turning black. Allow air to ventilate around the flowers.

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Related Designs

11 April 2011 Veiled Sunshine:50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Bright and sunny cymbidium orchids and roses, lilies, lisianthus and pincushions

2 June 2011 Cymbidium Friendship Arrangement in a Papier Mache Container

The Asian Cymbidium is considered a gift of respect and friendship. The florets are also considered symbols of "virtue" and "morality" in many other cultures.