Australian Native - Possum Banksia - Banksia baueri
Australian Native - Possum Banksia - Banksia baueri
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Australian Native - Possum Banksia - Banksia baueri

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Banksia baueri is a popular shrub, commonly known as the Possum Banksia or Woolly Banksia.  It is a moderate size shrub growing up to approx. 2m high x 3m wide.

It has tough toothed leaves and flowers that are soft and woolly after opening.  Flower spikes are approx. 30cm long.  The individual flowers are cream to orange/brown with greyish hairs. Flowering occurs May - October.

This species is native to small areas in the Southern region of Western Australia around Albany and Esperance.

Prefers well-drained sandy soils. Avoid waterlogged soils. Drought and frost resistant. Does well as an under-storey plant.  Like all Banksia's, it is excellent for attracting honey eating birds.

Seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in mild climates, avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year.  Sow the seed to the depth of the seed size.  Keep moist but not wet as the seed may rot if soil medium is too wet.  Keep damp between watering.  Germination approx. 21-60 days depending on the temperature and conditions.

Many species of the Proteaceae family are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proven to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in some 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.

5 seeds per packet