|A neighbor's Leucospermum cordifolium 'Yellow Bird"|
|Close-up of the pincushion flowers|
Another neighbor has a huge orange Leucospermum growing in her terraced front yard.
|Neighbor's orange Leucospermum, photographed in March|
I saw 'Yellow Bird' at Rogers Gardens, a nursery in Orange County, last year but the price made me blanch and, when I looked for the plant again this year, they had no more in stock. I checked other nurseries and also came up empty. I finally bagged a small plant - actually more of a cutting - at the South Coast Spring Garden Show in late April. The grower, Big Island Plants, is based in San Diego. As I understand that these plants are most likely to be killed off by over-watering, I've put mine in a pot for now so I can control that more easily.
|Leucospermum cordifolium cutting in a pot that cost 2x as much as the plant|
I managed to kill one of these plants years ago. My fingers are crossed that I'll be more successful with this one.