Dryandra sessilis – Parrot Bush

This large shrub or small tree which grows to around six metres is now known as Banksia sessilis. It has prickly holly-like leaves and rounded pale yellow brush flowers. It blooms heavily from winter to late spring, and is nectar rich and attracts wildlife. Parrots eat the seed as well. It needs to be grown in well drained soil as it is very susceptible to Phytophthora. Tolerates drought and frost, and likes alkaline soils.

 

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Dryandra sessilis
Common Name:Parrot Bush
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 6 metres
Width:2 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:Cream, Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Semihardwood cutting
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Fragrant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Honey producing plant
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-

 

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

 


 

 

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