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Banksia aculeata (Banksia)

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Plant description

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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).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Cream and pink
Flowering season: summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: dry, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Diseases

root rot

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: all year.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.

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