Australian Native Plants

  Banksia coccinea (Scarlet Banksia)


Banksia coccinea photo
Banksia coccinea, near Frenchman Bay Road, Little Grove, Albany.

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Banksia coccinea photo
Banksia coccinea, in cultivation, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

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Banksia coccinea photo
Infructescence of Banksia coccinea, in cultivation, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia

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SCARLET BANKSIA FACTS

distribution map showing range of Banksia coccinea in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Scarlet Banksia

Other Names
Waratah Banksia, Albany Banksia

Description
The Scarlet Banksia is an upright shrub or small tree. It produces spectacular red and white spikes of bottlebrush-shaped flower heads in spring and summer. The flower heads are at the end of the stem, making it an attractive cut flower. The oval leaves have blunt tips and are about 3 cm to 9cm long. the leaf edges are sharply toothed. Flowers are followed by a woody cone. It is a popular cut flower, and an attractive garden plant, although difficult to grow in Eastern states where the summer humidity is high.

Height
3m - 5m

Spread
2m - 4m

Habitat
grows on sandy soil on sand dunes, heathland, low woodland and sandplains

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Distribution
it is found on the south coast of Western Australia from Albany to west of Esperance.



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Proteales
Family:Proteaceae
Genus:Banksia
Species:coccinea
Common Name:Scarlet Banksia


Relatives in same Genus
  Banksia aculeata
  Banksia aemula
  Banksia anatona
  Banksia ashbyi
  Banksia attenuata
  Banksia audax
  Banksia baueri
  Banksia baxteri
  Banksia benthamiana
  Banksia blechnifolia
  Banksia brownii
  Banksia burdettii
  Banksia caleyi
  Banksia candolleana
  Banksia canei
  Banksia carlinoides
  Banksia chamaephyton
  Banksia conferta ssp conferta
  Banksia conferta ssp penicillata
  Banksia cuneata
  Banksia dallanneyi
  see A-Z list for more ...