This is a stunning species, as the name suggests, very prominent flowers and interesting geometric leaf formations. The leaves fan out in a circular pattern from the flower bud, creating a remarkable natural pattern. Flowers throughout the year, makes a great cut flower.
It is more adaptable to the conditions of the eastern states than other Western Australian banksias, although it does not like humid summers. To get around this, it can be grafted onto B. serrata or integrifolia rootstock.
It will do best in a very well drained soil with part to full sun. Also tolerates some coastal exposure. Banksias are phosphorus sensitive, so a good native fertiliser is best when it comes to feeding time.
|Scientific Name:||Banksia speciosa|
|Common Name:||Showy Banksia|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||3 ~ 6 metres|
|Width:||3 ~ 8 metres|
|Flowering Time:||All year|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Screen, Attractive foliage, Wow factor|
|Special Features:||Cut flower, Decorative fruit|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects, Mammals|
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