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.
|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 Uses:||Cut flower, Decorative fruit|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects, Mammals|
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-