Safari Sunset Leucadendron 'Jester' (v)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
leucadendron 'Jester'


The Leucadendron 'Jester' is a striking ornamental shrub known for its vibrant foliage and showy bracts. This plant boasts a delightful color palette, with its leaves exhibiting a rich blend of green, cream, and bright red shades. Its leaves are typically elongated and pointed, with a spiraling arrangement that adds to the plant's visual interest. At certain times of the year, Leucadendron 'Jester' showcases rounded, cone-like structures that are enveloped by vibrant, modified leaves called bracts. These bracts can have a contrasting color compared to the regular foliage, with bold tones that are particularly eye-catching. They're a central feature that draws gardeners to this variety, adding exceptional ornamental value to landscapes. The overall impression of Leucadendron 'Jester' is one of dramatic color and unique textures that change with the seasons. The plant's ability to provide year-round interest makes it a popular choice for gardeners looking to create a focal point in their garden design. It has a naturally bushy habit, giving it a full and lush appearance. While the Leucadendron 'Jester' is valued for its aesthetics, care must be taken with regards to its growing conditions to maintain its vibrant appearance. The plant prefers positions where it can receive ample sunlight, which helps to intensify the colors of its foliage and bracts.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Jester Sunshine Conebush, Jester Leucadendron

    • Common names

      Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Leucadendron 'Jester' is not commonly known to be significantly toxic to humans. However, as with many plants, sensitivity varies from person to person, and some individuals might experience mild irritation or an allergic reaction when handling the plant or ingesting parts of it. If a person has plant allergies or sensitive skin, they may want to handle this plant with care to avoid potential dermatitis. Nevertheless, it is generally advised to not consume any parts of ornamental plants like the Jester due to the risk of gastrointestinal discomfort or more severe symptoms in individuals who are particularly sensitive.

    • To pets

      Leucadendron 'Jester' is not commonly known to be significantly toxic to pets either. However, the same caution advised for humans applies to pets as well. Ingestion of the plant by pets could potentially lead to gastrointestinal upset, like vomiting or diarrhea, particularly if they consume a large amount. As pets can vary widely in their sensitivity to different plants, it is best to prevent them from ingesting any part of ornamental plants like the Jester. If your pet shows symptoms after consuming the plant, consult with a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      3-5 feet [0.9-1.5 meters]

    • Spread

      3-5 feet [0.9-1.5 meters]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Low Maintenance: The Leucadendron 'Jester' is known for being easy to take care of, requiring minimal watering once established.
    • Drought Tolerant: This plant is highly suited to dry climates as it can withstand periods of low water availability.
    • Attractive Foliage: It offers vibrant, multi-colored leaves that provide visual interest throughout the year.
    • Long-lasting Cut Flowers: The colorful bracts and interesting foliage make excellent cut flowers that last a long time in vases.
    • Deer Resistant: It is rarely damaged by deer, making it an excellent choice for gardens in areas with deer populations.
    • Pest Resistant: Generally, the Leucadendron 'Jester' is resistant to many common garden pests.
    • Attracts Pollinators: It attracts birds and insects, which are beneficial for pollination and the overall health of the garden ecosystem.
    • Adaptable to Different Soils: This plant can thrive in a variety of soil types, although it prefers well-drained soils.
    • Full Sun Tolerance: It is well suited for sunny locations and thrives in full sunlight.
    • Architectural Plant: The structural form and striking coloring of the Leucadendron 'Jester' make it a great choice for adding architectural interest to the landscape.
    • Non-Invasive Roots: The root system is non-invasive, making it a good choice for planting near buildings or paths.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Leucadendron 'Jester' can be used in crafting, where its colorful foliage adds a unique element to homemade wreaths and dried floral arrangements.
    • The plant's leaves can be used in the creation of natural dyes, giving fabrics and materials a soft, earthy hue when used in the dyeing process.
    • Photographers may utilize the vibrant colors of Leucadendron 'Jester' as a natural backdrop for portrait and macro photography.
    • In culinary arts, although not for consumption, Leucadendron 'Jester' can be used as an organic garnish to enhance the presentation of dishes.
    • Artists can employ the striking appearance of Leucadendron 'Jester' in still life paintings or as a source of inspiration for botanical illustrations.
    • The wood from Leucadendron 'Jester' can be used in small woodworking projects, such as creating ornamental pieces or inlaid work.
    • In interior design, branches of Leucadendron 'Jester' can be used to create focal points within a room, either as standalone decorations or in large, elaborate floral displays.
    • Educational institutions may use Leucadendron 'Jester' in botany classes to study plant structure, color variation, and hybridization effects.
    • Eco-friendly fashion accessories, like brooches or hairpins, can be crafted from the dried flowers and foliage of Leucadendron 'Jester'.
    • As a tool for mindfulness and relaxation, arranging Leucadendron 'Jester' in various patterns can be a calming floral art activity to reduce stress.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Leucadendron 'Jester' is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Leucadendron 'Jester' is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: The Leucadendron 'Jester', also known as the Safari Sunset, is a sturdy plant originating from South Africa; it symbolizes resilience due to its ability to withstand challenging environments.
    • Resourcefulness: This plant can adapt to different soil types, representing adaptability and resourcefulness in varying conditions.
    • Beauty in Diversity: The Safari Sunset displays vibrant, multicolored bracts that change with the seasons, symbolizing the beauty found in diversity and change.
    • Longevity: As a long-lasting cut flower, the Leucadendron 'Jester' represents enduring nature, stability, and longevity in relationships and life.
    • Survival: Its fire-resistant properties reflect the theme of survival and rebirth, as it can survive natural wildfires and contribute to regrowth.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Safari Sunset needs to be watered regularly with the aim of keeping the soil consistently moist, but not soggy. During active growth in spring and summer, you may need to water approximately once every week, providing about 1 to 2 gallons per plant, depending on the size and rate of growth. In the cooler months, reduce watering frequency to every 2 to 3 weeks, monitoring soil moisture to prevent it from drying out completely. Avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of fungal diseases and instead, use a drip system or water at the base of the plant. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before adding water to prevent overwatering.

  • sunLight

    Safari Sunset prefers full sun conditions to thrive, so the best spot would be in an area where it can receive at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. If the plant is indoors, place it by a south-facing window where it gets ample sunlight. Too little light can lead to poor growth and fewer colorful bracts, so ensure it gets enough bright light throughout the year.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Safari Sunset performs best in moderate to warm temperatures, with an ideal range between 50°F and 75°F. It can tolerate colder temperatures down to about 30°F briefly but is not frost-hardy, and temperatures below this can damage the plant. Likewise, extended periods of heat above 90°F may stress the plant, so some afternoon shade in extreme heat can be beneficial.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Safari Sunset helps maintain its shape and encourages a robust, bushy growth habit. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins, removing any dead or damaged branches and cutting back about a third of the older stems to promote new growth. Pruning immediately after the blooming has ended also allows for shaping the plant and may enhance the next season's flowering. Pruning can be done annually or as needed to keep the plant at the desired size and shape.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Leucadendron 'Jester', commonly known as the Safari Sunset, thrives best in well-draining, acidic to neutral soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.5. A recommended soil mix could be a combination of peat, perlite, and sand to ensure adequate drainage and aeration. Regular garden soil can be too heavy and retain too much moisture, leading to root rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Safari Sunset should be repotted every 2-3 years during spring. It's best to provide a slightly larger pot to accommodate growth and ensure the soil remains well-draining to prevent waterlogging.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Safari Sunset prefers moderate humidity levels, as it's native to the dry, mountainous regions of South Africa. Aim for humidity levels around 40-50%, avoiding excessively humid conditions to prevent fungal issues.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, well-draining soil, and low humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, protect from frost, and well-draining acidic soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    'Jester' Conebush germinates from seed, beginning its life cycle in a well-drained medium. After germination, the seedling goes through a juvenile phase, where it develops its root system and foliage but does not flower. As it matures into an adult plant, 'Jester' Conebush enters the vegetative growth stage, producing its distinctive colorful bracts and foliage. Following this phase, it reaches reproductive maturity, where it starts to flower and subsequently, after pollination, sets seed. The seeds can be dispersed by wind or wildlife, leading to new seedlings, thus continuing the generational cycle. 'Jester' Conebush has a perennial life cycle and can live for many years, periodically flowering and setting seeds, assuming optimal growing conditions are maintained.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Leucadendron 'Jester', commonly known as Safari Sunset, is typically propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings. The optimal time for taking cuttings is during the late summer or early fall when the plant's growth begins to harden yet is not fully mature. To propagate, a healthy, disease-free stem is selected and a cutting approximately 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) in length is taken. The lower leaves are stripped off, and the base of the cutting is dipped into a rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cut end is then placed in a well-draining rooting medium, such as a mix of perlite and peat, and kept moist but not waterlogged. Providing a stable environment with warmth and high humidity will assist in successful root formation. After a few weeks to a few months, when the cuttings have rooted, they can be transferred to individual pots and gradually acclimatized to outdoor conditions.