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Banksia caleyi, the Red Lantern Banksia, is named for the pendulous flowers, which are unusual for banksias. The scarlet flower heads are very attractive, to both birds and people. Growth habit is dense and bushy on a low growing shrub. Use it as a feature shrub, especially near the coast. It is a very low maintenance plant.
Further reading: Growing Banksias (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).
Flower colour: scarlet
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres
Maximum width: 5 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate.
Loam: dry, well-drained.
Clay: dry, well-drained.
Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: all year.
Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.