Banksia coccinea

Scarlet Banksia

 

The common name of Scarlet Banksia is very appropriate for this species. I have found it difficult for any other flower to match the beauty of this one!  The brilliant red spikes are 8 cm x 8 cm (3" x 3") and the shrub has a mature size of 6-12'.  A favorite of the cut flower industry - it will succumb to root rot fungi in wet summers if not perfectly drained.  Best growing conditions are light gravelly, deep, acid, well-drained soil in an open position.  Use of an acidic sandy media over a limestone underlayment may improve growth.  It is extremely drought resistant once established, but will not tolerate frosts.  It is fairly easy to germinate seed by pre-treating the seed with a hot water soak.  (Not boiling water!)  (Be sure to click on the picture to enlarge and study the details of this species.) 

DO NOT FERTILIZE WITH PHOSPHOROUS FERTILIZERS!

Temperature Rating USDA Zone 9
Type Shrub 6-12'
Flower Color Scarlet red
Growth Rate Moderate
Placement Sun
Culture Low moisture, low humidity
Native West Australia
Family Proteaceae

Key Benefits

bulletBeautiful, red flower spikes
bulletA favorite in the cut flower industry
bulletModerate size shrub

Problem Solving Features

bulletLow moisture needs
bulletLow fertility needs
bulletExcellent focal point when in bloom

Pricing - See Price List Here

*Sow seed 1/8" deep in well drained media.  Give preventive fungicidal drench.  Germinate 3-12 weeks at 64 - 80 degrees F.
 
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