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​Banksia spinulosa 'Birthday Candles'

Photo - Linda Ross

Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’


This prostrate banksia hugs the ground to a height of about 50cm. It bears pale yellow flower heads with lilac styles from late summer to winter. These are held above the foliage and provide much-needed food for birds when there is little else in flower. Buy ‘Birthday Candles’ as small plants – tube stock grow into better specimens - and plant them in full sun to part shade. ‘Birthday Candles’ needs excellent drainage, and once established, requires very little water. Be sure to keep phosphorus well away; use a fertiliser formulated or natives. 


We like it with:  ‘Birthday Candles’ looks great in a garden bed with Acacia ‘Limelight’, or with the a meadow of everlasting daisies, which accentuates flower.


Text: Ally Jackson

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Author: Ally Jackson