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It is January, and I’ve one of the uncommon blooms in my backyard as proven beneath. 

Leucadendron galpinii, Silver Cone Galpin’s Conebush.  It may possibly attain a very good dimension (6-8′ H X 4-6′ W) if grown within the floor, however I’ve it in a terracotta container in entrance of the home the place I can see its light-green foliage and these uncommon silver-grey flower cones.

Bushy, wholesome plant with upright stems and slim mushy needle-like leaves. And, it is evergreen!

It is a feminine plant. Male vegetation are mentioned to have pom-pom flowerheads which are yellow in coloration.

On the Valley Nursery, the place I purchased it, it was marked as a border plant. We’re in zone 8b. 

For some winter safety, I positioned it near the massive fir tree and different plant containers, the place it is simple to throw a canopy on the vegetation if wanted. Current gentle winters did not pose any hazard to it thus far.

That is July 2019 image:

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Leucadendron galpinii is native to South Africa. It likes solar and good drainage.

They are saying it is fashionable amongst florists for utilizing in contemporary & dry bouquets and has an extended vase life.

I by no means used it in bouquets – I am pleased to see it from the home windows!

I observed that I’m not a giant bouquet particular person. And the primary motive, I feel, is the truth that our backyard surrounds the home. Each single window has a backyard view. After all, I lower flowers occasionally, however in lots of circumstances, I want to take pleasure in vegetation whereas they bloom within the backyard.

I have not observed any indicators of pests or illness on my plant. 

In regards to the identify. 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 again after blooming, in order that it might keep compact and get bushier.

Cool plant!

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