Description Banksia gardneri var. gardneri is a prostrate shrub growing to about 30cm tall. The leaves are lobed and have a prominent pale mid vein. The lobes are 1cm to 3cm. It produces spikes of orange brown flowers in spring which grow from the base of the plant near ground level. The branchlets sometimes grow just below the soil and the flowers look like they are growing out of the ground. The flowers are followed by woody cones with follicles. B. gardneri var. brevidentata is similar but has leaves with more regular toothed margins and it flowers in winter.
Height 0.1m - 0.3m
Spread 1m - 2m
Habitat grows on sandy soils in heathland, shrubland and open wood land
Wildlife Interest birds, nectar
Distribution found in south western coastal areas of Western Australia around Albany region.