The Pincushion Proteas are yet another native of Southern and Western Africa but which grows gloriously again here in Perth. (Sadly, this one is a neighbours, not my own!)
It doesn’t take much imagination to see where the common name of this plant comes from. 😉 Although maybe not that many people know what a pincushion was or what it was (maybe still is in some places) used for.
(It’s a thing to stick pins or needles for sewing in while you are working on an item!)
They can take the full hot Australian sun and are fairly drought tolerant, but a little watering can help them stay looking their best and flowering longer. They prefer well draining soils, our coastal plain sandy soils are ideal for them.