B.marg-Warra.JPG (26424 bytes)Banksia marginata: is known as the Silver Banksia and the name refers to undersurface colour of the leaves. The Silver Banksia is a widespread and variable species and may range in height from small trees to mounded ground covers. In NSW the Silver Banksia is found along the Coast, Tablelands, Western Slopes and Plains. Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia are also home to this species. In Tasmania it is a widespread native and is found in many habitats.
The linear leaves are between 2 to 10 cm long and 1 cm wide. The flower heads are pale to bright yellow and appear from September to April. The flowers are rich in nectar and attract honeyeaters.
The image shows a specimen from Warra National Park, on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. This form develops into an attractive, medium, multi-stemmed shrub.
Propagation is from seed with the proviso that selected forms must propagated from cuttings to preserve desirable characteristics.
Natural hybrids sometime occur between Banksia integrifolia. We have one of these hybrids and it is developing into a spreading, mounded ground cover with short, stubby leaves.