Description The Southern Blechnum Banksia or Groundcover Banksia is a spreading prostrate shrub with horizontal stems and fern-like leathery leaves. The leaves are 25cm to 45 cm long and up to 10cm wide with deep triangular lobes. The reddish brown flowers grow in cylindrical spikes at ground level in late winter and spring. The 15cm tall flower spikes fade to grey as the flowers age. The fruit is a woody cone with large follicles. It is one of the easiest Western Australian Banksias for cultivation in humid climates. The plant does not it have a lignotuber and regenerates from seed after bushfire.
Height 0.2m - 0.5m
Spread 2m - 4m
Habitat coastal sandy soils on plains and mallee country.
Propagation grows fairly easily from seed which takes 14 to 49 days to germinate
Wildlife Interest birds, nectar
Distribution south coastal plains region of Western Australia between Albany and Esperance.