Australian Native Plants

  Banksia ericifolia (Heath Banksia)

Banksia ericifolia photo
Banksia ericifolia, flower.

Photograph by John Moss. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Banksia ericifolia in Australia

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

Common Name
Heath Banksia

Other Names
Heath-leaved Banksia, Lantern Banksia

The Heath Banksia is a large woody shrub that grows to 6m tall, but is usually only around 3m in height. It produces cylindrical spikes of orange or reddish flowers in autumn. The flower styles are orange or sometimes a maroon colour The flower spikes are about 10cm to 20cm long and 5cm in diameter. The fine leaves are small and narrow growing to about 10mm long and 1mm wide, and usually have two very small teeth at the leaf tip. The bark is grey.

found on sandstone soils in heathland, mountain slopes, and sometimes swampy areas. Often seen with plants such as Coast Tea-tree (Leptospermum laevigatum)

found in coastal areas of central and northern New South Wales east of the Great Dividing Range, to near the Queensland border.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 7
Spread (m): 2 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: soils with pH less than 8
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 600
Flower Colour: orange / red
Flower Season: autumn, winter

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar

Common Name:Heath Banksia

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  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 coccinea
  Banksia conferta ssp conferta
  Banksia conferta ssp penicillata
  Banksia cuneata
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