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Showy Banksia

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Kevin Sparrow
Banksia speciosa

This banksia has very prominent cream to pale yellow cylindrical flower spikes up to 12 centimetres long with grey green leaves that fan out in a circular configuration from the flower, creating an interesting pattern. This plant has a rounded habit and grows between three and five metres tall.  It grows best is very well drained soil in full to part sun, will tolerate some coastal exposure and makes a good hedge or screen plant. The flowers of this banksia are often used in the cut flower market and will attract nectar eating birds, bees, insects and butterflies.

Type: 
Shrub
Height: 
3+m
Maintenance: 
Low
Flowering Time: 
Summer
Autumn
Light: 
Sun
Water Requirement: 
Low
Tolerates: 
Heavy and Clay soil
Sandy Soil
Lime / Alkaline Soil
Some Coastal Exposure
Dry conditions
Biodiversity Benefits: 
Nectar and Pollen
Butterfly Attracting
Birds
Plant Origin: 
Native
Natural Occurence: 
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