Banksia serrata ‘Pygmy Possum’ Banksia

 

A prostrate form of Old Man Banksia with lovely arching branches. Grows to 2 to 3 metres wide but only 30 cms high, with dense growth it makes a terrific groundcover. The large silver-yellow nectar rich flowers adorn the plant in summer and autumn. A great rockery or bank plant. Good in full sun to part shade, well drained clay to sandy loam, neutral to slightly acid soils. A light prune will ensure even more dense growth.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Banksia serrata
Cultivar:Pygmy Possum
Common Name:Banksia
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.3 ~ 0.4 metres
Width:2.5 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cold climate, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Bonsai, Erosion control, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Mammals

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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