H.liissocarpha.JPG (44832 bytes)Hakea lissocarpha: is a member of the Proteaceae family and is known as the Honeybush.

Hakea lissocarpha is a low spreading shrub that is about one metre high by about two metres wide with many spreading branches.

The stiff leaves are divided, needle-like, sharply pointed and divided into several segments.

Flower clusters are carried at the base of each leaf. The blooms are white, white and pink or pale pink. They are profuse and conspicuous and appear from May to September. Flowers are said to be sweetly scented. The flowers, on our plant, have no perfume. Small, egg-shaped, woody fruits follow the flowers.

Hakea lissocarpha is a native of Western Australia and is found in the south-west corner of that state.

Hakea lissocarpha is a beautiful shrub that becomes covered with blooms during the flowering period. Bear in mind that the foliage is extremely prickly and is probably not suitable for small gardens.

The Honeybush could be cultivated on embankments or in low hedges. The dense, prickly foliage provides nesting sites for small native birds.

Propagate from seed and possibly cuttings. Preparing cuttings could prove to be a painful experience.