Banksia blechnifolia

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This groundcover banksia will be the star of your native border, spreading low and wide, luring in pollinators, attracting admiring looks from your friends and neighbours. We love the way the fat rust-red flowers nestle under the tall upright leaves, just as native mammals and birds will take shelter there too.

This beautiful native banksia is celebrated in an equally beautiful marble mosaic at King's Park botanic gardens

flowering images: Sydney Oats, NHQ, Paul Morris cropped to size.


Banksia blechnifolia - blechnum banksia

APPEARANCE: Native groundcover, very distinctive, spreading and vigorous, with firm upright blechnum-fern-like or grevillea-like leaves, patterned beneath in silver like fern spore; stems and new growth are felty-furry, tan-orange. Tucked underneath in spring are dark rust-red cylindrical flower candles with feathery bases, that open into fatter cylinders of rust-red-orange flowers, opening bottom to top.
ORIGIN : native to the sandy southern flatlands of WA
USE FOR: Year-round foliage, wildlife refuge and source of nectar, native gardens, rockeries, coastal gardens.
CLIMATE : Tolerates periods of drought and light frost once established
PLANTING: Plant in a light well drained soil, neutral to acid pH, in a sunny spot. Protect from hard frost. Happy growing in sandy and coastal sites, even on the east coast. Doesn't mind clay soils if they are well-draining
CARE:Feed with a slow release native fertiliser during spring as candles form - Banksia is very phosphorus-sensitive so the P ratio of the fertiliser needs to be under 3%. Water carefully to establish the young plants - don't let it dry out but don't overwater it. Water mature plants in very dry periods. Prune if needed after flowering to encourage bushier growth and more flower stems.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 0.5m H x 2-4m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide
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