An evergreen shrub that will grow upwards of 7 feet tall but can be maintained at 4 to 5 feet tall by as wide if pruned. It has upright stems holding lance-shaped 2 inch long gray-green leaves that are tipped with red teeth. From December through April, with any luck, it will be covered in pincushion flowers that emerge from a tight cone as a rounded yellow dome and broaden to 6 inches wide while darkening from the bottom up to a dark salmon pink then red color with orange styles.
Leucospermum is native to South Africa.
‘Blanche Ito’ was a selected seedling in 2000 that was the result of a cross done by Pam Shingaki at the Maui Agricultural Research Center, University of Hawaii in Kula, Hawaii. The parents were Leucospermum University of Hawaii ‘Hybrid 29’ and Ls. Reflexum ‘204’ and it was registered in 2007 with the description in the Protea Registry as “Flower head red, diameter 16cm, styles orange red. It was named after Blanche Ito, the now retired secretary of the research center.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20002
Found in Gondwana,
We acquired this plant from Waltzing Matilija.