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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Banksia cunninghamii
synonym:   Banksia spinulosa var. cunninghamii
Common Name:hairpin banksia
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Tall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
2-4 m x 2-5 m
Foliage:Narrow dark green leaves, downy pale brown below, pointed, with a few teeth towards the end, 2-7 cm x 2-5 mm.
Flowers:Orange yellow bottlebrush, April-July. Often pollinated by possums.

Banksia plants are a food source and host for many species of native fauna. The pollen presenter of the flower is a swelling of the style end that will attract birds, insects and small marsupial pollinators.  Frost tolerant.

Birds are attracted to the nectar, insects and seeds.  Excellent screening shrub, suitable for underplanting eucalypts. Pruning will encourage bushiness.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. iNaturalist
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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