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.


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



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants