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Banksia

banksia occidentalis

Banksia plants are native to Australia and are a varied group of plants. Many varieties having wonderful long lasting flowers, with B.integrifolia and B.serrata being two of the most garden worthy species for the USA.

Banksia occidentalis with its spectacular 'bottle brush' flowers, pictured right, is known as the Red Swamp Banksia and can reach between 6ft and 15ft in height. Usually small in cultivation.

Landscaping Uses

Some are large growing, however it is the smaller cultivars that are most widely used in the garden. some are very low growing and make excellent ground cover plants. Flowering from Fall and Winter through to summer depending on the species, many have attractive flowers.

Banksia Varieties

With literally 100s of species it may seem easiest to divide this group into sizes.
  • Low growing ground cover types such as Banksia petiolaris and Banksia lechnifolia.
  • Tall screening plants such as Banksia integrifolia and Banksia serrata.
  • Medium sized plants such as Banksia ericifolia var. ericifolia.

Or you could look for the most spectacular flowers such as those Banksia ericifolia and Banksia menziesii, both wonderful for attracting hummingbirds.

However this does not always work as their is great variation within species. For example, Banksia serrata will grow to 20ft, however a low growing cultivar 'pygmy possum' will reach around 3ft.

Choosing the right Banksia

Look for named cultivars if you want to be sure of height and flower form, it is really that simple

Propagation

Propagation is from seed, it will take some skill, we suggest buying established plants in stead.

 

Where to buy

AUSTRALIAN NATIVE PLANTS NURSERY - Tel: (800) 701 6517 Tel: (805) 649 3362
9040 North Ventura Avenue Ventura California 93001