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News, information & resources about Australian native plants & gardens with emphasis on Brisbane & Qld

Banksias and Hakeas

Banksia species and cultivars, Hakea species
Proteaceae

Banksias

Banksias are not grown in home gardens as often as some other groups of Australian native plants, but they're worth considering especially if you live on the soil types where Banksias tend to occur naturally.

The colours are subtle, but the dramatic forms would certainly work well with contemporary architecture and modernistic garden styles.

Selected garden cultivars with improved horticultural characteristics are available in nurseries. Including the selected forms and hybrids, Banksias are available in a range of plant sizes from small trees to groundcovers.

Some experimentation with different varieties may be required to find one that grows best in your situation.

Some of the Banksias (and other members of Proteaceae) are very sensitive to Phosphorous, so take care with fertilisers.

More information to come in future updates. In the meantime, check out the links at the bottom of the page.

NEWS: Banksia causes buzz abroad
There's excitement at the UK's Wakehurst Place (a branch of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) at the flowering of their Banksia montana. This is possibly the first time this has been achieved outdoors in that country. More information at the Kew website: Banksia flowers outdoors (Nov 2004)


Banksia Links

Banksias Australian National Botanic Gardens
The Banksia Page Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants

Species
Please note: links to information on a range of species have been included for for general interest and research, but some may be unsuitable for Queensland conditions.
Wallum Banksia Banksia aemula (includes hints on how to distinguish it from B. serrata) Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Banksia ashbyi Waterwise Plants for Perth Gardens, Water Corporation
Banksia coccinea Waterwise Plants for Perth Gardens, Water Corporation
On the Brink - 10 (Banksia cuneata) Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Banksia ericifolia subsp. ericifolia Australian National Botanic Gardens
Heath Banksia (Banksia ericfolia) Western Power, West Australia
Plant Novelties: Banksia ericifolia Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, California
Plants of the Kakadu region (incl. Banksia dentata) Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australia
Banksia integrifolia Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Coastal banksia (Banksia integrifolia) Department of Environment and Resource Management, Queensland (PDF)
Logan City Council floral emblem (Banksia integrifolia, Coast Banksia
Banksia marginata The Australian Plants Society - SA Region Inc.
Banksia oblongifolia by Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Banksia oblongifolia by Friends of Lane Cove National Park Inc. Sydney
Rusty Banksia (Banksia oliongifolia, Dwarf Banksia) Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Bayside Branch
Banksia ornata The Australian Plants Society - SA Region Inc.
Starlight's Banksia (B.paludosa subsp.astrolux) Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Banksia praemorsa Botany Photo of the Day, University of British Columbia Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research
Banksia prionotes Waterwise Plants for Perth Gardens, Water Corporation
Swamp Banksia (Banksia robur) Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Bayside Branch
Banksia robur Australian National Botanic Gardens
A Very Beaut Banksia! Banksia robur Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Golden Candlesticks (Banksia spinulosa) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Banksia spinulosa Australian National Botanic Gardens

Other Links
Banksias for Sydney The Australian Plants Society - NSW Region
Australian Native Plants A Pruning Fact Sheet The Australian Plants Society - NSW Region
Growing Banksias in Northern Victoria Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Banksias and Drought Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Using Fertilisers in the Native Garden Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Phosphorus and Iron Nutrition in Australian Native Plants Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Phosphorus Needs of Some Australian Plants Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Phosphorus toxicity in native and proteaceous plants Department of Primary Industries, Victoria
The Propagation of Banksia Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Floriculture News, No 61, December 2003 The banksia feature in this issue contains articles on propagation, pruning, culture, pests & diseases. Dept of Agriculture, WA (PDF)
Banksias Discussion of Banksia production for cut flowers. Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (PDF)

Hakeas

Hakeas Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Hakea laurina Pin-cushion Hakea The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Hakea sericea FloraBank

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