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Banksia brownii - Fern Leaved Banksia - 10 seeds

Banksia brownii - Fern Leaved Banksia - 10 seeds


Banksia brownii, commonly known as Feather Leaved Banksia or Brown's Banksia, is a species of shrub that grows in southwest Western Australia.  An attractive plant with fine feathery leaves and large red brown flower spikes, it usually grows as an upright bush around 2m but can also occur as a small tree or a low spreading shrub. 


The leaves are finely divided and fern-like and borne in whorls on the young branches, new foliage is reddish brown and the flowers are pale brown (rarely golden) with red styles and are borne on the ends of branches forming an attractive display.  Plants flower in the Autumn and Winter and are popular with nectar seeking birds and insects. 


Banksia brownii occurs naturally only in two population clusters between Albany and the Stirling Range in southwest Western Australia, in the Stirling Range it occurs among heath on rocky mountain slopes; further south it occurs among jarrah woodland in shallow nutrient-poor sand.  It is rare and endangered in its natural habitat, with all major populations currently threatened by Phytophthora cinnamomi dieback, a disease to which the species is highly susceptible.  Other threats include loss of habitat, commercial exploitation and changes to the fire regime.


Highly valued by Australia's horticultural and cut flower industries, it is widely cultivated in areas not exposed to dieback. It prefers a sheltered position in soil with good drainage, and must be provided with some moisture over summer.


10 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.

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