Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Giant'

Leucospermum cordifolium ‘Flame Giant’

A rounded spreading evergreen shrub, with stems that curve out and then up reaching 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide. It has orange-colored pincushion inflorescence made up of many small flowers in a tight cluster.

Primary bloom time is late winter to early spring, but this cultivar is noted for being later blooming, peaking in February and March. It has some of the largest of the pincushion flowers with flower heads reaching 4 to 6 inches wide.

Though relatively short lived in the garden, on average lasting about eight years, these plants can be a major and dramatic focal point in the garden and the flowers are great in arrangements.

Pronunciation: loo-koh-SPER-mum kor-di-FOH-lee-um

Species Meaning: Heart-shaped leaf

Leucospermum cordifolium is native to South Africa.


  • Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Giant'
    Leucospermum cordifolium 'Flame Giant'

Cultivation Notes

The native habitat of Leucospermum cordifolium is restricted to only a small region the South Western Cape of South Africa, where it grows with only winter rainfall in acidic nutrient poor soils.

Additional Information

This plant was originally introduced by CW Green from a seedling raised in 1974 and registered in South Africa under the name ‘Vlam’ in 1981. This name means “flame”, “flash” or “blaze” in Afrikaans, the Indo-European language spoken in South Africa. The name was changed to ‘Flame Giant’ to market this plant in English speaking countries.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P20014

Found in Gondwana,

3rd level middle, where the path steps up.

We acquired this plant from Waltzing Matilija.

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Leucospermum

Species: cordifolium

Variety: Flame Giant

Commonly known as: Giant Orange Nodding Pincushion

Height: 5ft to 10ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Nutrient Poor Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn9b - down to 25F

Resistant to Deer.


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