This is a magnificent and striking Banksia, well worth growing as an ornamental for its incredible blue-grey flower buds which make very impressive cut flowers. It also sports lush red new growth. Its range in the wild is limited to Hinchinbrook Island and the adjacent mainland in QLD.
Grows well in the eastern states, tolerant of humid summers, and can be grown as far south as Melbourne, but it is not tolerant of heavy frost, being from North Queensland. It can be grown as a low, bushy coastal windbreak.
Prune lightly after flowering to encourage shapeliness.
|Scientific Name:||Banksia plagiocarpa|
|Common Name:||Hinchinbrook Banksia|
|Plant Type:||Large shrub|
|Height:||4 ~ 6 metres|
|Width:||3 ~ 5 metres|
|Flower Colour:||Blue, Mauve|
|Flowering Time:||Summer, Autumn, Winter|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds|
WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
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