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Other common names: Hairpin Banksia
Characteristics: Shrub to 3 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packet: 5
A bushy shrub with yellow or orange flower spikes 75-100 mm wide and up to 450 mm long occur from April to August.
Narrow leaves that have serrated edges. In older plants the serrations may be missing and the edge rolled inwards.
Endemic to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position, avoid waterlogged soils. Drought and frost resistant and very hardy.
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.