Sunrise Pincushion Protea. This cultivar is an extra early blooming pincushion...up to a month early! Lovely, bright orange flower heads about 4" across. Grows to be a 4x8' shrub, but does well as a pot plant. Sturdy, reliable pincushion for landscaping.
(Proteaceae) Leucospermum cordifolium x Leucospermum patersonii Syn. Leucospermum 'Earlybird.'
Light: Full sun.
Water: Moderate. It is important to water in the summer when it is very dry particularly when grown in a container. Pincushions send down long tap roots when growing in the wild to reach deep water, so they are not particularly drought tolerant in containers.
Soil: Fast draining and nutrient poor. Prefers an acid pH, but will tolerate more alkaline soils. Be careful not to disturb the roots and never cultivate around the base of the plants. Mulching helps to conserve moisture and keep down weeds.
Fertilizer: Use a very low phosphorus (or no phosphorus), slow-release fertilizer, or a mild organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion. Like all Proteaceae, it will not tolerate phosphorus. In areas with more alkaline soil, they benefit from an application of aluminum sulfate to lower the soil pH.
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9