|More plants will be added soon to keep the Leucadendron, Furcraea, and Anigozanthos company|
The foliage is a little spare around the base. I plan to put an Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt,' also currently confined to a pot and showing its unhappiness with that arrangement, at the foot of the Leucadendron. I hope that and a little judicious pruning will take care of its bare limbs.
|In its pot, Euphorbia 'Dean's Hybrid' filled in around the base of Leucadendron 'Pisa'|
The silvery foliage is the evergreen shrub's chief attribute. It produces cream-colored flower-like bracts and cones but mine has yet to do so. Maybe next spring. In the meantime, I'm happy just to gaze at the foliage.
|L. 'Pisa's' foliage is particularly beautiful when backlit by the sun|
According to San Marcos Growers, L. 'Pisa' is hardy to 20-25F (minus 6.7 to 3.9C) and prefers full sun and moderate water. In its former position in a pot, it got morning shade and afternoon sun. In its new position, only about 8 feet away, it gets sun from early morning to mid-afternoon, at least this time of year. Hopefully, it'll be happy with the new placement. Estimates of its height range from 4 to 8 feet (1.2 to 2.4m) tall and 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5m) wide. Mine is currently about 3 feet tall and almost 2 feet wide.
A hybrid of Leucadendron floridum, Leucadendron 'Pisa' is my favorite plant this week and my contribution to Loree's favorite plants feature at danger garden. However, I can't resist showing you another silver conebush, L. meridianum 'More Silver,' a recent purchase. Isn't she pretty?
|Leucadendron 'More Silver' has her feet in the ground but her body in a tomato cage, which provides protection against the malicious raccoons until her roots are firmly established|
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