Banksia lindleyana - Dwarf Porcupine Banksia - 10 seeds
Banksia lindleyana, commonly known as the Porcupine Banksia, is one of Western Australia's Banksia species, naturally occurring on the central west coast, north of Geraldton in deep sands. This is a very dry area with an annual rainfall from 300 to 350mm.Porcupine Banksia is a medium to large shrub from 2 to 3m in height and the same or slightly larger in width and is an open branched, free flowering species that often develops a twisted but attractive form.Leaves are long and narrow - from 8 to 25cm in length and 1cm in width, mid green with shallow even serrations to the edges, young levaes are a woolly grey green colour and the lower branches are inclined to be leafless and covered with flaky grey bark.Flowers are a lovely pure yellow, 10 to 15cm in length and 7 to 10cm in diameter and are produced freely throughout the shrub from January to March.It has large ovoid fruit cones the same size and shape as the flowers and as with all Banksias this species is nectar producing and is popular with nectar seeking birds and bees and is a good honey species.Propagation is from seed is straightforward, seed should be sown into a standard seed raising mix and watered as required. Plant out young seedlings as soon as practical to avoid too much root disturbance. Plant into light well drained soil with a pH of around 6.5 to 7.0. Phosphorous fertilisers are toxic to the plant as it can take up even the smallest traces of this element.This is a fast growing species that likes an acid to neutral sandy soil and an open sunny situation. It does not like areas of high humidity.10 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.