Hakea verrucosa: is a tall, upright prickly shrub and is a Western Australian native. Juvenile flower clusters are pink ageing to red. To see a fully-grown specimen of Hakea verrucosa in full flower is one of horticulture’s rich experiences. The warty fruit has a woody horn near the tip. The flowers are rich in nectar and provide food for honeyeaters. Small birds nest within the protection of the prickly foliage. The species is probably not suitable for the small areas but will make a spectacular addition to the larger garden. Propagates readily from seed and we are experimenting with cutting propagation.