Cone Leucadendron is a fall favorite here at Holex USA. It combines rich green foliage with large cone-like shapes, which come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
The cones are a unique feature, that make Cone Leucadendron stand out in any arrangement. It lends a look of playfulness and robustness, that reminds us of looking for pine cones in the forest as a kid.
This week, we would like to present to you seven of our favorite Cone Leucadendron varieties from Intaba, our supplier in South Africa.
- Rosette combines smooth rounded leaves with robust burgundy cones.
- Jubilee Crown forms straight stems with spikey leaves, and small delicate cones.
- Jade Pearl is easily recognized by the small grey spheres, surrounded by wild clusters of spikey leaves.
- Platystar grows large green cones with a beautifully layered pattern.
- Plumosum’s cones form an intriguing checkered pattern and are the most conical in shape.
- Red Tag does its name honor by forming cones in a deep, dark red color.
- And, last but not least, Sabulosum is probably the variety that brings to mind those times of looking for pinecones the most, with its characteristic cones.
About Cone Leucadendron
Leucadendron is a genus of about 80 species of flowering plants in the family of Proteaceae. They are endemic to South Africa, where they are a prominent part of the fynbos ecoregion.
The fynbos area is a small belt of shrubland vegetation in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa. It is known for its exceptional degree of biodiversity. The word is often said to mean “fine bush” in Afrikaans, because “bos” means “bush” in Afrikaans.
Care and Handling
Remove any foliage that would fall below the waterline. Leaves below the waterline may cause bacteria to form, shortening the vase life. Cut about an inch diagonally under running water off each stem.
Design and combination suggestions
Cone Leucadendrons are an excellent basis for your bouquet, centerpiece or other arrangement, thanks to their lush greenery and eye-catching cones.
We would advise to combine them with other fall flowers, that supplement the rawness of the Leucadendron. A good pick would be Ilex Golden Verboom, with its straight wooden branches and delicate colored berries.
For more inspiration about how to use Cone Leucadendron, you can also read this post. Admittedly: it’s a bit early for Christmas, but these designs look great in any period!