Banksia leptophylla comes from sandy areas of Western Australia, growing between Perth and Geraldton. The scientific name refers to the slender leaves of the plant.
It is an attractive species, with charming, rounded flower heads that produce an unusual type of nectar. It is a bird attracting species, and can also be used as a low windbreak in the garden.
Needs a very well drained soil, with light to full sun, and can withstand light frosts. Like other banksias from WA, it can be hard to grow in a humid climate, preferring a Mediterranean climate.
|Scientific Name:||Banksia leptophylla|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||1.5 ~ 2.5 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Yellow, Orange, Brown|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer, Winter|
|Ph Level:||Mildly acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Sandy loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower, Decorative fruit|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Nectar eating birds, 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-