This Banksia from Western Australia grows to a small shrub and bears bronze or golden brown coloured flowers between March and September. The flowers produce a lot of nectar, and attract a variety of insects and other animals in their native habitat.
The optimum conditions for Banksia grossa are well-drained, acidic soil (though it can handle slight alkalinity) and full sun. Dry climates are best for this species as it does not deal well with humidity. Tolerant of dry periods once established.
It can be pruned heavily once established; new growth will sprout from the lignotuber.
|Scientific Name:||Banksia grossa|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||1 ~ 1.5 metre|
|Width:||1.5 ~ 2 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Autumn, Winter|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam|
|Plant Environment:||Flower garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower, Decorative fruit|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Other insects|
WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you. Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-