Banksia coccinea – Scarlet Banksia

A beautiful bright red and silver flowering banksia from Western Australia, very popular in the cut flower industry, and a plant with real wow factor in the garden. It grows as a large shrub to small tree around 5 metres tall.

It grows naturally on sandy acidic soils and dislikes clay. Gardens with shallow dense soil will benefit from creating raised beds or mounds for this plant, and it will also grow well in very large containers where it can have great drainage. It will possibly be a short lived plant in humid areas along the east coast of Australia, does well in southern states. It naturally grows in south west Western Australia including the Sterling Ranges in lightly forested areas, so it will grow well in filtered light or full sun. It does snow in the Sterling Ranges, so Banksia coccinea can tolerate some frost once established, some protection for young plants and actively growing ones in frosty periods is desirable.

Cut back old flowering stems that have finished along with any straggly stems, which will encourage a more dense habit. Only fertilise with a low phosphorus fertiliser in spring and summer if needed.

Scientific Name:Banksia coccinea
Common Name:Scarlet Banksia
Other Common Names:Albany banksia, waratah banksia
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 8 metre
Width:1 ~ 4 metre
Flower Colour:Red, Orange
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost, Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Wow factor
Special Features:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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