Banksia petiolaris

A beautiful and eye catching prostrate Banksia, the bright yellow flowers protrude as distinct spikes, separate from the foliage, making this a highly decorative groundcover.
It makes a wonderful plant for rockeries and as a general groundcover. It is also very useful for controlling erosion or on embankments as it can spread to cover a large area.
Loves a well drained soil, preferably sandy, with full sun and will perform best under these conditions, but can tolerate dappled shade or part sun and is adaptable to different soils provided they are well drained. It can grow in  very alkaline soils.

Scientific Name:Banksia petiolaris
Common Name:Banksia
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Green, Brown
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Cold climate, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects






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-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.