How to grow Plants ​Banksia spinulosa 'Birthday Candles'

​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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Adelaide commented on 29 Jul 15

hummingbird and flowers watercolor feeders might be best placed near colorful red flowers that might also attract them.
It will be very helpful if you'll study a little more about the pest that annoys you. While sipping nectar from a flower, elements of their bodies become covered in pollen.

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Author: Ally Jackson