SILVER BANKSIA FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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.
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)
birds, nectar, seed
|Common Name:||Silver Banksia|
Relatives in same Genus
Banksia conferta ssp conferta
Banksia conferta ssp penicillata
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