Australian Native Plants

  Banksia marginata (Silver Banksia)

Banksia marginata photo
Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata)

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Banksia marginata photo
Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata)

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Banksia marginata photo
Banksia integrifolia (left) fallen on foreshore, Banksia marginata (right) from a cultivated plant, both from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

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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 marginata in Australia

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

Common Name
Silver Banksia

Other Names

The Silver Banksia is quite variable in form and can grow as a tree to 10 metres tall, but is often seen as a medium sized shrub. The leaves are fairly narrow and grow to about 6 cm in length. Young leaves are toothed, but become smooth edged as they mature. The underside of the leaves has a silvery grey colour. It produces spikes of yellow flower about 5 cm to 10 cm tall in spring, summer and autumn. The fruit is a woody cone with follicles which carry the seeds. some plants have lignotubers which produce new growth after fire, other plants are killed by fire and regenerate by seed.

found in a variety of habitats including heathland, woodland, sand dunes, flood plains.

Banksia marginata is found Victoria, south eastern parts of South Australia, eastern New South Wales, and Tasmania including the Bass Strait islands.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 8
Spread (m): 1 - 5
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: yellow
Flower Season: spring, summer, autumn

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
birds, nectar, seed

Common Name:Silver 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 coccinea
  Banksia conferta ssp conferta
  Banksia conferta ssp penicillata
  Banksia cuneata
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