Description The Violet Banksia is a dense shrub growing to about one and a half metres tall. The leaves are narrow and grow 1 cm to 2 cm long and about 1.5mm wide the flower heads are ball-shaped and have an unusual violet or purple black colour. The main flowering period is late spring to early autumn, but they flower at other times of the year depending on conditions. The fruit is a woody cone with follicles containing the seeds.
Habitat grows on sandy soils over clay or gravel.
Distribution Banksia violacea is found in the south west of Western Australia from Albany to Esperance. Its range is from the coast to over 200 km inland.