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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Leucadendron galpinii is Blooming

It's January, and I have one of the most unusual blooms in my garden as shown below. 



Leucadendron galpinii, Silver Cone Galpin's Conebush.  It can reach a good size (6-8' H X 4-6' W) if grown in the ground, but I have it in a terracotta container in front of the house where I can see its light-green foliage and these unusual silver-grey flower cones.
Bushy, healthy plant with upright stems and narrow soft needle-like leaves. And, it's evergreen!
This is a female plant. Male plants are said to have pom-pom flowerheads that are yellow in color.
At the Valley Nursery, where I bought it, it was marked as a border plant. We are in zone 8b. 
For some winter protection, I placed it close to the big fir tree and other plant containers, where it's easy to throw a cover on the plants if needed. Recent mild winters didn't pose any danger to it so far.
This is July 2019 picture:


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Leucadendron galpinii is native to South Africa. It likes sun and good drainage.
They say it's popular among florists for using in fresh & dry bouquets and has a long vase life.
I never used it in bouquets - I'm happy to see it from the windows!
I noticed that I am not a big bouquet person. And the main reason, I think, is the fact that our garden surrounds the house. Every single window has a garden view. Of course, I cut flowers from time to time, but in many cases, I prefer to enjoy plants while they bloom in the garden.


I haven't noticed any signs of pests or disease on my plant. 


About the name. Leukos in Greek means white, and dendron  means tree. White tree. 
Species galponii - named for Ernest Edward Galpin (1858-1941), a South African banker and plant collector.


I plan to prune it back after blooming, so that it would stay compact and get bushier.
Cool plant!


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18 comments:

  1. What an unusual flower. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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    1. So nice to see you, Lorraine! Thanks for stopping by! It's raining here, but we have sunny days too!

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  2. What a fun, interesting plant. Winter bloomers are much appreciated.

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    1. Thank you! Agree with you, Linda! Especially those not loved by slugs :):)

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  3. I have never heard of this plant before. It does have unusual blooms and interesting foliage.

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    1. Hi Lisa! It was new for me too. And, it was the only L. plant they had in the nursery at that time.

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  4. A bit like rosemary... I have never seen before. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hi Endah! You are right, there is some similarity!

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  6. Something that blooms in January, what a treat!

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  7. A particularly beautiful Leucadendron species. Have seen it here very happy in a large pot. I need to find room for one.

    Not a big bouquet fan myself--agree, being able to see the garden out the nearest window is a delight.

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    1. Thank you! I hope I can keep it in a pot! So far, it doesn't complain !

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  8. I've never seen this plant before. It certainly looks like something worth making a space for.

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    1. Hi Rob! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! It's an interesting plant indeed, and many visitors notice it among other plants.

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  9. That is indeed a cool plant! I’m glad you listed your zone, I’ve always wondered. You are two full zones higher, it explains a lot to me.

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    1. Yes, we are warmer :)! You, Robin, have great plants in your garden!

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  10. Beautiful and unique flowers! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Marisa! Thank you for stopping by! The L. flowers are small, but very interesting and yes, beautiful. I like your website!

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