Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Leucadendron spp. or Leucodendron spp. (loo-ca-DEN-dron or loo-ko-DEN-dron)
red, burgundy, yellow
Form and Size:
The leafy stems of leucodendron are 2 – 3 feet long. The stiff leaves are densely packed on the stem. At the stem ends there are hard, woody bracts that surround either a small flower or a cone.
14 – 21 days
year-round for most species
Remove any leaves from the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Proteaceae (protea) family, leucodendron originated in South Africa. Its botanical and popular name, leucodendron, comes from the word “leukos” which is Greek for white and “dendron” which is Greek for tree. This is in reference to the silver foliage on leucodendron. This flower goes very well in contemporary or modern arrangements.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of leucodendron include banksia, grevillea, macadamia and protea.