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Banksia aculeata, the Prickly Banksia, is a compact shrub with attractive pink and creamy coloured flower heads in summer. Unusually for a banksia, the flower heads are pendulous, like lanterns. Use it as a feature shrub or as a pot plant. It needs very little if any maintenance apart from removing any dead growth, but beware, as the leaves are truly prickly. It is native to the Stirling ranges in western Australia, and is rare there.
Further reading: Growing Banksias (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).
Flower colour: Cream and pink
Flowering season: summer autumn
Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate.
Loam: dry, well-drained.
Clay: not specified.
Sand: dry, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: all year.
Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.