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17 Apr
Native spotlight: WA’s own banksia

Native spotlight: WA’s own banksia

Last but definitely not least, it’s the local banksia’s turn in the spotlight. This genus is widely popular, especially in WA, and comes in a variety of sizes and colours.

We talk about the different species available and how it attracts all sorts of life into the garden!

Unique to WA

Banksia plants are a staple to any Australian garden, and a special emblem of Western Australia. Out of 75 known species, the south of WA is home to 62. There’s even a Banksia garden that showcases every WA banksia species alongside mosaic artworks.

Did you know?

  • Evidence shows that banksia-like plants have existed for over 40 million years!
  • They look a lot like the common bottlebrush but are not from the same family
  • They come in a beautiful array of yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds

Popular with the natives

Banksias are made to attract a crowd, and not just admirers of nature. With its cluster of flowers, nectar, and seeds ready to be picked, it brings insects and birds all year round.

If you’re planning to have a lively garden, make sure to stagger your plants so that they flower at different periods of the year.

How to care for your banksia

These native plants thrive in gardens with well drained soils in the sun. WA native banksias can be prone to root-rot fungus, so avoid areas with high rainfall and humidity during summer.

Some other things to remember:

  • they only require a light pruning every once in a while
  • Treat with only low phosphorus fertilisers

Our Nursery supplies a number of beautiful WA native banksias, including the banksia grandis. Enquire today about implementing natives in your garden!

Here’s a list of different banksia species and their specifications. And if you need more details, here a comprehensive factsheet.

Don’t miss out on the rest of the Natives guide:
Facts about natives  |  Eucalyptus  |  Melaleuca  |  Allocasuarina  |  Acacia  |  Grevillea

For more information contact the Nursery here or at 9375 4900 today!

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