Isopogon_cuneatus.JPG (45104 bytes)Isopogon cuneatus: belongs to the Proteaceae family. The common name, of the genus, is Drumsticks and refers to the shape of the woody fruits.
Isopogon cuneatus is a native of Western Australia and is a large, erect shrub. The leaves are bright green and up to ten centimetres long. The flowers are carried in globular heads, pink and soft purple in colour and appear in spring. The flowers are followed by typical globular fruits containing a large number of seeds. Both flowers and fruits are attractive features.
Isopogon cuneatus is sold throughout the world as a cut flower. 
Western Australia members of this genus may be hard to maintain in eastern Australian gardens. There is evidence to suggest that they prefer alkaline soil. Some growers succeed by placing a layer of limestone chips in the planting hole of western Isopogons. The healthy specimen illustrated is growing in the National Botanic Gardens, Canberra . We donít know if the limestone treatment was used under this plant.
There are 35 species, all native to Australia with most species occurring in Western Australia .
Isopogon cuneatus could be grown in a shrubbery or native hedgerow. Prune lightly after flowering.
Propagate from seed and perhaps cuttings.