Beautiful Banksias!

I have never seen a Banksia that I didn’t fall in love with, they are all beautiful in their own special ways with their interesting cylindrical, spherical or globular flower spikes, different foliage forms and then the funky woody capsules that hold the seeds. They are gorgeous and there are so many varieties, sometimes it’s hard to choose which to grow!

Banksia praemorsa - Wine Red - Cut Leaf Banksia Banksia burdettii - Orange Banksia Banksia grandis - Bull Banksia

Banksia History

According to different sources there are either 173 different Banksia species or over 75 species, all but 1 occur naturally in Australia, they are named after Sir Joseph Banks who in 1770, was the first European to collect specimens alongside Daniel Solander and by 1788 several Banksias were grown in England in heated glasshouses.