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Characteristics: Small shrub 1-2 m spread 1 m
Seeds per packet: 5
A rare, erect, compact dense shrub 1-2 metres with attractive creamy-yellow flowers that occur from August to October.
Banksia comosa occurs in a limited range and had been designated code 4: Rare, Near Threatened in the wild
Occurs naturally in the south west province of Western Australia in the Avon wheatbelt regions of Wogan and Ballidu.
Note: Formally known as Dryandra cuneata.
Dryandra was considered a separate genus until early 2007, when it was merged into Banksia and Dryandra comosa was renamed Banksia comosa.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in a Sunny position, drought tolerant and resistance to light frost.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Pre-treatment of smoke: Not considered critical to germination of this species and germination will generally occur without it.
However many members of the Proteaceae family are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species of the Proteaceae family.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.