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Banksia spinulosa

There are several different varieties and selected forms of the hairpin banksia, which can show indistinct differences, making their identification difficult. B. spinulosa var. spinulosa differs from B. spinulosa var. collina only in its rolled-under leaf margins. It was introduced and has been grown successfully in Britain since 1788.

The hairpin banksia is useful in the garden for planting beneath established eucalypts, and will grow well in the shade. Its dense habit makes it suitable as a screen plant.

Common namehairpin banksia
Scientific nameBanksia spinulosa Sm.
FamilyProteaceae
Etymology

Genus: After Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820, botanist who travelled with Captain Cook.

Species: From Latin, spinulosus, bearing spines, probably refers to the leaf tip of the plant originally described.

DistributionFrom the Atherton Tablelands in northern Queensland, almost to the Victorian border.
Native habitatOccurring in open forest or woodland on the coast and ranges on a variety of sandy or loamy soils, often from a sandstone or granite base.
DescriptionA medium to large shrub.
Flowering/fruitingFlowers in autumn to winter.
Location in gardenThis species and a number of cultivars can be seen in the Big Idea Garden and the Banksia Garden.
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