Golden Candlesticks, alternatively known as Hairpin Banksia is a shrub to approx. 3 metres high. Large shrub or small tree with rich golden orange flowers, loved by native wildlife. Prefers sandy or clay soils, happy in tropical or temperate climates. The parent plant of Birthday Candles.
B. spinulosa varies greatly in height (1 -3 m) and flower *colour, with variations of brown, red, orange and gold. The flower spikes range from 10-20 cm in length. The individual flowers open from the top of the spike and provide a long flowering period from autumn through the winter to spring when the three stages of cone development can be observed - bud, flower spike and seed capsule. Leaves are long and narrow, 3-8 cm long by 2-7 mm wide, and variably toothed.
Aspect: Full Sun / Semi-Shade
Soil/Conditions: Sandy / Well-Drained
Description: Round Dense Habit, Evergreen Perennial, Green narrow serrated leaves to 12 cm Pale Lemon, Red / Gold bottle brush flowers to 28 cm x 8 cm in Autumn to Winter Seed in woody cones that remain on plant.
Pruning is mostly unnecessary if the plant is not in a confined position. It should form a rounded shrub about 2 m diameter in open sun.
It is also a good food source for bees and nectar feeding birds and provides fine cut flowers. Few pests have been observed. Squirrel glider attracting.
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available