An iconic Australian flower easily recognised by its flower spike which then turns to a cone. This genus is slow growing and diverse in size from prostrate shrubs to tall trees. Flowers range from dark orange to bright white, and flower for long periods, over Autumn and WInter.

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Banksia ericifolia - Heath-leaved Banksia

Size Medium shrub 2-7m
Dry, well-drained soil
Full sun to part shade
Flowers in warmer months
Bird attracting


Banksia integrifolia - Coast Banksia

Tree 5-20m depending on position
Dry well drained soil
Full sun to part shade
Large lemon flowers Autumn to Spring
Attracts native birds, bees and mammals


Banksia oblongifolia - Fern Leaf Banksia

Small to medium sized shrub 0.5 - 2m high and up to 1.5m wide
Hardy, preferring a sunny to light shade position
Well drained soil
Yellow flowers in Autumn to Winter


Banksia robur - Swamp Banksia

1—2m shrub
Sunny, light shade
Adaptable soils
Flowers in Autumn - Winter
Great feature shrub or screen



Banksia marginata - Silver Banksia

Hardy shrub 2mx2m
Full sun or dappled shade
Tolerant of many soil types
Yellow flowers in Autumn
Attracts nectar feeding birds